The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering making its automated food delivery service more efficient by using a new service called “tforce logistics.”
The service, which will be available to businesses in the state of Arizona, will allow them to purchase food directly from the warehouse, rather than having it delivered by delivery truck.
The USDA said in a press release that it will offer “high-quality and efficient” service by using an autonomous robot called “TForce” to deliver groceries.
According to the USDA, the service will cost an average of $1.50 per delivery.
The agency says that “Tforce logistics is a first-of-its-kind service designed to meet the needs of local businesses in rural and underserved communities.”
The announcement comes after an internal study by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service found that “tForce logistics is currently not providing an acceptable level of service.”
The USDA’s announcement comes as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in October that it is developing a new system to identify and respond to foodborne illness outbreaks in food processing facilities.
According the FDA, the new system will provide the FDA with more data to identify potential foodborne outbreaks.
The FDA will also work with food service providers to improve safety and reduce costs of foodborne infections.
According for the USDA statement, the agency has already approved $5 million for the TForce logistics service.
The move comes amid a massive foodborne outbreak in the US.
Earlier this month, a cluster of cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in two states: New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The outbreak was caused by a virus known as H5N1, which has been circulating in the United States for years and is believed to have spread to people through food and water.
According on October 12, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 400 people have died in the outbreak.
As of September 30, 2018 there were over 1,500 confirmed cases and 2,500 deaths, according to the Centers.