Considering this week's contributed piece by Michael McCartney, I found this USA Today article worth reading.
USA Today reports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could receive a modest increase in food-safety funding next year despite calls from many corners that it needs far more to keep up with soaring imports and heightened food-safety concerns. Caroline Smith DeWaal, food-safety director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says the $56 million increase "is a drop in the bucket." Chris Waldrop of the Consumer Federation of America believes it's a "gradual awakening that the agency responsible for protecting consumers needs to be adequately funded."
There's no word, however, on if the FDA will use the money to fund technology projects related to RFID. But an article in foodproductiondaily.com, sheds light on using Nano technology and RFID to monitor food safety. The article states: On the 21 November in Portugal, at a special segment on food, the environment and energy, Thomas Becker of EADS Innovation Works in Germany outlined the company's part in a EU-funded project to develop a multisensing RFID tag for the sector.