The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), a non-profit organization delivering training to food safety officials, has received a multi-year grant of $1.3 million per year from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The funding will support joint efforts by FDA and IFPTI to implement the national food-training infrastructure mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. This competitive grant is year-one of a five-year cooperative agreement.
IFPTI and FDA are committed to bringing high quality training to food protection professionals to ensure a competent work force at all levels of government. IFPTI is FDA’s lead training partner in building the integrated food safety system. IFPTI has trained more than 1,800 food safety inspectors from 49 states.
“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with FDA. In this era of thrifty budget management, investing the country’s limited tax dollars in building the training infrastructure for the integrated food safety system is the most cost-effective way to ensure the nation’s food supply is safe,” said Gerald Wojtala, Executive Director of IFPTI.