I was going through posts at Grants.gov and I came across an interesting post. A call for submissions for a $2.9 million grant on food safety. RFA-FD-16-017
Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Alliance (U18). What? Is? Manufactured food?
While struggling with those questions, I noticed that instead of seeing a list of "entities" eligible to apply, they directed me to the write up so I had to do some digging (not normal). This is what I found:
"The national associations /organizations eligible to apply for funding under this cooperative agreement must be a national organization that represents State and Local manufactured food regulatory programs as a primary purpose. National Associations/Organizations have the membership, resources, structure, and expertise necessary to build national consensus amongst state and local agencies on key food safety issues. They are the primary means for communication and collaboration on issues of national significance for state and local agencies."
Looking at that and noticing that there would only be one recipient, that tells me they have someone very specific in mind already to get the $2.9 million and is awarded every year for 5 years.
But what is manufacuted food? and why do we as taxpayers need to spend almost $15 million in the next 5 years to make it safe?
So, I found a 99 page document from the fda Found here that tells me the regulations regarding "food plants". I am not 100% sure, but I think this document is mostly about inspecting and protocols of buildings that process food.
I guess it could be any building were food is packaged up. I submit Figure 1 to show how inspectors may asses risk from that document. There is a bunch more.
It seems this is born from concerns of "food borne illness" and "bioterrorism".