News on Pathogens and Preparedness
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Food Safety

Crop Biosecurity Risk

USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced a competitive opportunity to conduct research on the environmental effects of genetically engineered (GE) organisms, including plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms. The $3.5...

USDA Detects a Case of Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in Alabama

USDA Detects a Case of Atypical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in Alabama

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented...

Biodefense News - Industry Updates

Hygiena to Acquire Dupont Food Safety Diagnostics Business

Hygiena, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company that specializes in rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing, announced today that it will acquire DuPont's global food safety diagnostics business. DuPont Diagnostics provides microbial detection and monitoring products that identify...

Notable CBRN and Biodefense Contracts

FDA Contract Supports Ricin Detection in Food Samples

The Food and Drug Administration has announced intentions to issue a sole-source award to Base Pair Biotechnologies to continue development of sensitive assays that can detect deadly ricin toxin. The contract supports the FDA Medical Countermeasures Initiative to protect...

Agro Defense Veterinary Countermeasures

National Veterinary Stockpile for Agro-Defense

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services, National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS) is the nation's repository of critical veterinary supplies and equipment. It exists because of concerns after 9/11 that terrorists could release...