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New initiative aims at safer food imports -- at the source, not our border
Date:5/21/2010

tween governments and industry to ensure the best science and most innovative technologies are used to make our food safe," says Waters Corporation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas A. Berthiaume. "We are proud to join with the University of Maryland to create this laboratory that will bolster the capabilities of both the FDA and our global partners as we work together to improve food safety."

IFSTL LOCATION

IFSTL will be located in the Patapsco Building in M-Square, the University of Maryland research park adjacent to the campus and next door to the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. http://msquare.umd.edu/

Together with another neighbor - the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)- JIFSAN and the FDA facility represent a growing cluster of M-Square research dedicated to food safety.

"This new initiative further enhances Maryland's global leadership and helps to secure the safety of imported food products," says Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Christian Johansson.

"This project exemplifies the impact of our international technology transfer mission," says Brian Darmody, associate vice president for research and economic development at the University of Maryland. "Exporting lab-based food safety expertise to other parts of the world will help protect the health of U.S. citizens, as well as people in other countries. Moreover, bringing hundreds of trainees to Maryland helps support our regional economy."


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Contact: Neil Tickner
ntickner@umd.edu
301-405-4622
University of Maryland
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