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Concerns about food safety to be spotlighted at U of Minnesota symposium

Recent nationwide outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have triggered calls for more regulation along with plunging consumer confidence. A symposium at the University of Minnesota this week will explore the complexities of the food-safety issue.

The conference, "How Safe is our Food Supply? Expectations, Technology, and Regulation," will take place beginning at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Coffman Memorial Hall, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The conference is sponsored by the university's Food Industry Center.

Speakers from the university include: Jean Kinsey, applied economics professor and center co-director, and research fellow Dennis Degeneffe, who will present "Tracking a Fragile Relationship between Consumers and the Industry." Their talk will expand on findings from a February 2009 study that revealed just 22.5 percent of consumers were confident the food supply was safer than a year ago. Craig Hedberg, professor of environmental health sciences, will speak on "Public Health Surveillance: A Prerequisite for a Safe Food Supply," and Ted Labuza, professor of food science and nutrition, will discuss "An Anatomy of a Recall: The PCA Case." The session will wrap up with an industry panel discussion response to the day's presentations.


Contact: Patty Mattern
University of Minnesota

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