Missouri has received more than $1.2 million in federal grants for its food safety efforts.
About $900,000 will go to the state health and agriculture departments. The agencies will develop training programs for state and local officials who might be involved in responding to a natural disaster or an outbreak of a food-borne illness.
About $300,000 will go to train Missouri food producers and government officials to assess processing plants for potential food safety risks and implement safety plans.
A smaller grant of $37,000 will focus on training poultry and egg producers on preventing salmonella from contaminating their farms.
All of the grants were awarded on a competitive basis by the federal Food and Drug Administration.