The History of FARAD
Because food safety is a visible and controversial consumer issue, and safety concerns affect the marketing of animal-derived foods, responsible producers are expanding and publicizing their quality assurance programs. In addition, since 1982, the USDA Extension Service has been involved in an educational/service project to further enhance the safety of animal-derived foods. The Residue Avoidance Program (RAP), which was initially founded by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), targeted the area of chemical residues. The aim of the RAP was to reduce the rate of animal residue violations through education, rather than enforcement. As part of the RAP, the Food Animal Residue Avoidance & Depletion Program (FARAD) program was developed by pharmacologists and toxicologists at the University of California, Davis, University of Florida, North Carolina State University and the University of Illinois.
Today, FARAD is a university-based consortium that is overseen and operated by faculty and staff at four colleges or schools of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis, the University of Florida, Kansas State University and North Carolina State University.