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HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Retail Standards Grant will be used by the health office to enhance operations and help food service businesses improve their food safety practices.  

“This important funding will provide the Harrisburg Health Office with additional resources aimed at reducing the risk of foodborne illness in the City,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

In addition to increasing the number and types of food establishment inspections, the funds will also support efforts in enhancing access towards safe, healthy, and affordable food in the community.

“We’ll be increasing food safety educational outreach opportunities for both retail operations and consumers,” said Nelva Wright, Harrisburg Health Officer.

The City of Harrisburg is a participant in the FDA’s Voluntary National Retail Program Standards initiative, which aims to establish best practices for regulatory programs that license and inspect food service and establishments.