Vet-LIRN Cooperative Agreement Program to Develop and Validate Testing Methods for Food Irradiation Specific Markers in Animal Feeds and Treats (U18)

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Vet-LIRN Cooperative Agreement Program to Develop and Validate Testing Methods for Food Irradiation Specific Markers in Animal Feeds and Treats (U18): Food irradiation is a food preservation method which is used in many countries, both in human and animal food manufacturing. Treating food with irradiation results in large reduction in microbial contamination and insect pests. It is also useful in slowing ripening of fruit and for inhibiting sprouting of plant products. In USA, the FDA regulates all aspects of irradiation, such as irradiation dose, product type, and labeling requirements. The use of irradiation requires development of analytical methods capable to determine the irradiation status of wide variety of foods, in order to ensure that food is properly labeled, as well as to insure that products were properly handled during irradiation process. Current FDA regulations allow a maximum absorbed dose of 50 kGy in animal feed, pet food, and treats that are irradiated to reduce microbial and insect pest contamination. There are however, very few tests, with limited application, to quantify the actual dose used when irradiating animal food products. Depending on the type of food, various methods are available to detect food irradiation. For fatty foods, the major methods are based on chemical determination of compounds formed from the irradiation of lipids (hydrocarbons and 2-alkylcyclobutanones). It is believed that 2-alkylcyclobutanones (2-ACBs) are formed in food only by irradiation, and they are considered as markers for detecting the irradiation in food. Electron spin resonance (ESP) spectroscopy detects irradiation induced paramagnetic centers (e.g. radicals). This method is applicable for detection of irradiated foods containing bone, cellulose or crystalline sugar. Thermoluminescence is a method applicable to those foods from which a sufficient amount of silicate minerals can be isolated. Photostimulated luminescence is a different method, which can be applied to detect irradiation of any food which contains mineral debris. DNA comet assay can be used to detect irradiation of any food containing DNA, with several limitations. Different microbiological methods are also available, but can only be used as a screening tool.The current funding opportunity is designed to develop analytical methods for detection and quantification of markers such as 2-ACB's in animal feeds and treats to help the FDA to determine and regulate the dose of irradiation that was used during production. Eligibility is limited to domestic (U.S) applicants.
Federal Grant Title: Vet-LIRN Cooperative Agreement Program to Develop and Validate Testing Methods for Food Irradiation Specific Markers in Animal Feeds and Treats (U18)
Federal Agency Name: Food and Drug Administration
Grant Categories: Agriculture Consumer Protection Food and Nutrition
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: PAR-16-132
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 319837
CFDA Descriptions: Food and Drug Administration_Research
Current Application Deadline: May 1, 2018 This announcement has multiple due da
Original Application Deadline: May 2, 2018
Posted Date: Mar 16, 2016
Creation Date: Mar 16, 2016
Archive Date: Jun 1, 2018
Total Program Funding: $99,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $99,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: none
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Private institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Independent school districts
City or township governments
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
County governments
Small businesses
State governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Full Announcement of PAR-16-132
Grant Announcement Contact
Bryce Jones Grants Management Specialist Phone 240-402-2111
bryce.jones@fda.hhs.gov

Food and Drug Administration 240-402-7592
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