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Oct. 1, 2004

Food Safety Expert and Ag Secretary Speaking at UW-RF Food Microbiology Symposium

Frank Busta, director of the new national Center for Food Protection and Defense, a national Homeland Security of Center of Excellence, at the University of Minnesota, is the keynote speaker at the 24th annual Food Microbiology Symposium held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Oct.17-20.

"Food Biosecurity: Challenges for Defending the Safety of the Food Supply" is the title of Busta's speech at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the River Room of Rodli Commons. The speech is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required; contact Doreen Cegielski at 715/425-3704.

Additionally, Secretary Rod Nilsestuen of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, will address the symposium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. Nilsestuen, a UW-RF graduate, is the former president of the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives and served as general manager on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

Busta has previously held positions at the University of Minnesota, North Carolina State University, and the University of Florida. He is professor emeritus at the U of M, having been chair of the department of food science and nutrition from 1987 to 1997. A widely published researcher and author, he is a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologies, American Academy of Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Food Science and Technology and the Academy of the International Union of Food Science and Technology. He is also a senior science advisor of IFT's FDA contract on food safety, food processing and human health and is a member of the science council of the International Union of Food Science & Technology and the Food and Drug Administration's Food Advisory Council. He is chair of the contaminants and natural toxicants subcommittee of the FDA's Food Advisory Committee.

The Center for Food Protection and Defense is university-based research center supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—bringing together national academic, industry, and public sector partners to develop ways of enhancing our nation's capability to protect the food supply from intentional contamination. Other partners include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, North Dakota State University, and Michigan State University, plus investigators from other universities, industry and the private sector.

For additional information on the symposium, email to or visit the Web site at, click on the links to workshops and then Food Microbiology Symposium, or contact Cegielski.


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