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Auburn receives $6.5 million from FDA to strengthen protection of food supply

AUBURN – The Food and Drug Administration recently selected Auburn University as a national food safety training center.

As concerns about food safety increase, the FDA is seeking to standardize training and create certifications for food inspectors at all levels. The Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in January supports development of a national food protection training effort, and Auburn will receive $6.5 million during the five-year program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that some 76 million people are sickened each year from contaminated food. More than 300,000 are hospitalized, and some 5,000 die.

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