(Oct. 4) The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new Internet resource to help smaller companies answer food safety questions and to aid food processors in making science-based food production decisions.

According to a USDA news release, the Internet portal, available at http://www.ars.usda.gov/naa/errc/mfsru/portal, is one of the most comprehensive decision support tools available.

"Scientists, food safety risk managers, researchers and government decision-makers can use this access to predictive modeling tools and food microbiology information," said Edward B. Knipling, administrator of USDA's Agricultural Research Service, in the release.