UMd.-FDA Pact Creates Joint Food-Research Unit
Scheets, Gary, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
The Food and Drug Administration unveiled plans yesterday to move more than 900 workers, now scattered at seven sites in the region, to a new $84 million facility near the College Park Metro station.
The agency will conduct research into food additives, food substitutes, microbiological food, vitamins and vitamin substitutes at the new center.
Included in the plans for the College Park site is an agreement with the University of Maryland to create the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Besides being able to share costly equipment and expertise - officials said faculty members will take part in FDA research and some FDA scientists may hold faculty positions - the new center will provide undergraduate internships and graduate-level training.
Paul Mazzocchi, dean of the College of Life Sciences, said the agreement was a natural fit that would develop both the university and the agency.
"The University of Maryland has very great strengths as a research institution," Mr. Mazzocchi said. "The FDA has strenghts as a research institution but also deals with regulating food and food safety."
The agreement was signed yesterday by University of Maryland at College Park President William E. Kirwan and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler.
The $84 million facility will be on one of three adjoining sites near River Road and Paint Branch Parkway. The General Services Administration is expected to make its final selection soon and the center is expected to be operating by the year 2000.
The money for the College Park project has already been approved by Congress. …