and Robert B. Gravani, Cornell University professors of food science, will
provide a briefing, “Strengthening the Safety of the Food Supply: Challenges
and Opportunities,” on Monday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at 122 Cannon House Office
Building, Washington, D.C.
The food scientists
will discuss strategies to protect America’s consumers and to reduce food
borne illness outbreaks, such as the recent salmonella problem in peanuts.
They say that through education, research and training, the U.S. could
develop a “systems approach” focused on bolstering the safety of the food
supply, which could include data sharing among government agencies and the
As chair of
Cornell’s Food Science Department, Boor’s research focuses on identifying
biological factors that affect transmission of bacteria in food and dairy
processing systems. She has specific expertise with the food borne pathogens,
Listeria, E. coli and various streptococci.
Gravani is a
noted national expert on food safety principles. As director of the National
Good Agricultural Practices Program, he provides growers and other
stakeholders with information to reduce microbiological hazards and risks in
the production of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, he is president of the
Institute of Food Technologists.
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