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Prof Attend Food Safety Workshop

By Jenny Bjelland
UW-RF News Bureau

FEB. 25, 2005--Top experts within the food science industry along with government officials gathered at Michigan State University in January to continue efforts towards protecting our nation's food supply from the threat of foodborne illnesses.

UW-River Fall food science Professor Purnendu Vasavada was one of 35 food science industry specialists who attended the workshop of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense directed by MSU's National Food Safety & Toxicology Center.

The workshop provided continued education and training to food science professionals through formal presentations on the latest discoveries and technologies within the field.

According to Vasavada, the group also "discussed programs and strategies to develop a broader base of trained people." Increasing the number of trained individuals can aid in the prevention, detection, and management of such a risk

Specifically Vasavada's goals within the group deal with educating and raising awareness of the threat of foodborne illnesses. Vasavada plans to include developing methods to provide basic knowledge of risk communication and management to both the public and undergraduate students through education and outreach programs.

The NCFPD was established in 2004 to increase the security and safety of the U.S. food supply through the collaborated efforts of research universities, private businesses, and government officials. UW-RF's Food Safety and Microbiology program is among 20 universities nationwide with departments or faculty members involved in the efforts of the NCFPD.

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