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August 1, 2016



Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs faculty and staff present at national conferences

By Anne Rubash

Research team members and affiliated faculty with the K-State's Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs in the College of Human Ecology presented papers and poster sessions at two national conferences in July.   

The following researchers presented at the July 2016 School Nutrition Association's national conference in San Antonio, Texas:

• Kevin Sauer, associate professor in the food, nutrition, dietetics and health department, and Tina Hanes, Office of Food Safety with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services, presented "Building the 'A' Team: engaging your school in food allergy management."

• Sauer; Kevin R. Roberts, associate professor and interim department head of the hospitality management department; and Michelle Alcorn, graduate research assistant, presented "Beyond Food Safety Training: changing behavior."

• Sauer, Roberts and Paola Paez, research associate professor, presented "School nutrition program leaders define the ideal HACCP workshop" in the research and best practices poster showcase.

• Also in the research and best practices poster showcase, Paez; Alcorn; Tracee Watkins, graduate research assistant; Emily Patten, former graduate teaching assistant; and Kerri Cole, project coordinator, presented "Time and Temperature Control of Foods in the Summer Food Service Program" with the Institute of Child Nutrition from the University of Mississippi.

• Prior to the conference, Watkins was awarded the School Nutrition Association's 2016 Kathleen Stitt Travel Award.  

The following researchers attended the July 2016 Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois:

• Roberts served as a panelist for "Communicating Food Safety Risks: educational models for the non-scientist." The panel included representatives from the Institute for Child Nutrition and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Office of Food Safety.

• Paez; Watkins; Lindsay Beardall, research assistant in the graduate food science program; Randall Phebus, professor of animal sciences and industry; and Sara E. Gragg, assistant professor of animal sciences and industry, presented the poster "Evaluating the Impact of School Foodservice Cooling Techniques on Escherichia coli Populations in a Commercially Available Marinara Sauce Product."

• Watkins, Gragg, Beardall, Phebus and Paez also presented a poster "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Cooling Techniques in Chili Con Carne with Beans."

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