Food Safety Innovation Lab
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded Purdue a $10 million grant for the lab. Purdue's lab will be directed by Haley Oliver, an associate professor of food science and will collaborate with Cornell University to develop programs to improve food safety in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Senegal.
"It isn't necessarily an infrastructure, but helping people understand so that they can actually demand or request safer foods, which puts more pressure on bigger systems like food processing to deliver those safe foods," Oliver said. "We can have nutritious food, we can have enough of it, it can get to the populations that need it but in the event its not safe, we've lost our food security."
Purdue President Mitch Daniels was present for the beginning of the announcement and called it a "big day for Purdue," as feeding the world was one of the four themes Purdue had been interested in as part of a year-long ideas festival.
The Food Safety Innovation Lab will focus on:
- improving awareness of the need for food safety measures
- supporting local research on food safety issues
- building policy and engagement efforts to disseminate information about food safety research
- developing best practices that can be used by households, communities and commercial stakeholders