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FDA Offers Prize for Ideas in Detecting Salmonella in Fresh Produce

The FDA has raised a challenge called “Advancing Breakthroughs in Pathogen Detection” worth $500,000 for all scientists to help identify Salmonella in produce.

The 2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge was developed under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, a legislation which grants federal agencies the power to hold prize competitions for various innovation purposes. The said challenge will have up to 5 finalists whom will be given $20,000 each.

“This is a great, long overdue idea. Hopefully, it will lead to some ‘outside-the-box’ innovation that is badly needed in food safety, particularly involving Salmonella,” stated Attorney Fred Pritzker.

Entries must have a proof of the concept which adheres to the FDA’s validation methods and should be submitted by November 9, 2014. Each of the concepts will be judged based on its applicability, improved detection, speed, and its path to impact. Targets of ideas can range from the food harvest until the point of sale. Among the judges for this contest are Dr. Patricia Fields (CDC), Dr. Darcy Hanes (FDA), Dr. John Johnston (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the USDA and experts from the FDA as well.

Interested participants can view updates on the challenge by visiting

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Randy Renick
Randy Renick has a Bachelor's degree from LSU. He is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist and has a 29 year work history in Industrial Lubrication. He is currently a Lubricant Consultant at The Industrial Lubricant Store.

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