The University of Maryland's Center for Food Safety and Security Systems has received a $4.6 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for a project crafting scientifically based food safety metrics for leafy greens and tomatoes. Tomatoes and leafy greens are produce crops that are considered to have a high food safety risk.

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative is a 2 year continuation of a 3 year study that was completed in 2014. The original grant, worth worth $5.4 million, involved collecting scientific data needed to back new standards and modify current ones. 

Read more about the new funding on the university's official student newspaper website,