The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the availability of grant funds to bolster efforts to validate testing methods as part of the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN). Vet-LIRN is a network of state and university laboratories that receive funding from FDA to increase testing capabilities and assist the agency in its investigations into potential problems with animal feeds (including pet foods) and animal drugs. Validation of new test methods helps FDA to diagnose animal feed and drug-related issues and respond to these events more rapidly to protect public health.

FDA is specifically requesting proposals to develop and validate methods to test animal samples (such as tissue, blood, milk or urine from sick animals or from vermin) for chemicals or pathogens that pose threats to animal feeds either as unintentional contaminants, or possible economic or bioterrorism adulterants. The analytes of interest include, but are not limited to Mycotoxins (such as Aflatoxins, Ochratoxins, Patulin, Deoxynivalenol (DON vomitoxin), Zearalenone, Fumonisins, Penitrem A, Roquefortine), Phytotoxins, anticoagulants, and pesticides.

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