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MDARD Announces 2022-2023 Food Safety Education Fund Grant Recipients

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Over $350,000 awarded for food safety training, education and outreach

Lansing, Michigan – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today received a 2022-2023 Food Safety Education Fund (FSEF) grant for food safety training for the food industry and consumer education and outreach announced the person The FSEF is a 12-month competitive grant program following the state’s fiscal calendar year from October 1 through September 30 each year.

“These grants are essential to help Michigan’s food and agriculture industry train to maintain food safety, nutritional value and quality throughout the food chain,” it said. MDARD Director Gary McDowell“The education provided to consumers through these grants helps raise awareness about food safety and the role each of us plays in keeping our food supply safe and healthy. are also important in protecting public health and growing Michigan’s food and farm economy.”

This fund was established under the Michigan Food Act of 2000. 4117, funded through valuations of $3.00 to $5.00 from each Michigan food facility license. This grant program is designed to provide food safety training and education to consumers and to provide training and education to employees and director agents of food service establishments who implement Michigan food regulations. . As part of MDARD’s commitment to ensuring food safety, the 2022-2023 grant cycle includes nine grants for food safety education and training.

MDARD received a total of 14 grant proposals, 12 of which met the criteria for grant proposals, requesting a total of $437,374 in funding. Of the 12 proposals received, MDARD awarded her nine projects totaling $352,957. Of this total, $206,707 will go to consumer food safety education and $146,250 will go to employees of food service establishments and agents of the Director who enforce Michigan’s food regulations.

The 2022-2023 Food Safety Education Fund grant recipients are:

Great Lakes Conference on Food Protection (Training and Scholarship Fund for State and Local Food Safety Regulatory Officials) $25,000.00

Michigan Dairy Industry Conference (milk safety training and education for dairy industry and regulators) $5,000.00

Michigan Environmental Health Association (Food Protection Training for Environmental Health Professionals) $33,000.00

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (multimedia food safety education campaign for consumers, industry and regulators – includes matching funds) $63,250.00

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (Food Safety Education and Training for Girl Scouts in Southeast Michigan – Including Matching Funds) $27,250.00

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (resources and training to educate food service workers about norovirus – including matching funds) $47,250.00

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (food safety training for food service establishments with access to MSU processed meat training and training on food fermentation – including matching funds) $33,250

Michigan Farmers Market Association (statewide consumer food safety education and outreach at Michigan Farmers Markets) $68,957.00

Midwest Independent Retailers Association (Food Safety Training for Food Service Staff Focused on Michigan’s Rural and Food Desert Areas) $50,000

Food safety resources for consumers and food industry professionals, including materials developed from Food Safety Education Fund grants over the past several years, can be found at or I can do it. For more information, contact MDARD’s Food and Dairy Division at 800-292-3939.