Navigation Links
K-State doctoral graduate examines food bioterrorism for dissertation
Date:1/4/2011

According to recent news reports, the next venue for a terror threat may involve the use of bio-agents to contaminate the food supplies of U.S. hotels and restaurants.

Dave Olds, a December 2010 doctoral graduate in hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics from Kansas State University, conducted his dissertation on food security and bioterrorism. His dissertation, "Food Defense Management Practices In Private Country Clubs," examined current safety precautions used by country club restaurants to protect food and beverages, as well as how often those practices were put into effect.

"I identified country clubs because they typically have an exclusive population. They are places often visited by affluent and influential people and their families, and sometimes even government officials," Olds said.

Other national studies on this venue have not been done, Olds said. The idea came from a former K-State study that investigated food bioterrorism in schools and hospitals.

To gather data, Olds, a former chef, surveyed country club managers nationally. In the Midwest he toured the facilities of 25 country clubs and visited with club managers.

"I found that intentional contamination of food isn't perceived to be a very common occurrence by club managers. In fact, most couldn't recollect an incident happening," Olds said. "However, it's one of the oldest forms of terrorism, as there are recorded incidents of this happening in Roman history."

Olds found that 21 of the 25 club managers said they didn't think bioterrorism was a risk at their country clubs.

Intentional food contamination can come from two groups: those working inside an operation and those working outside an operation. According to Olds, club managers felt that disgruntled employees were more likely than non-employees to intentionally contaminate food.

An incident of this nature occurred in 2009 at a Kansas City restaurant, rather than a country club, when it was discovered that a former employee had mixed pesticide into salsa, Olds said.

"One of the quotes in a recent news report on food contamination by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said that this is a difficult topic to debate without alarming the public. I think that's very true," Olds said. "It's really tricky because you want to educate employees and the board of directors, but you don't want to appear to be causing undo panic or even giving people ideas."


'/>"/>

Contact: Dave Olds
daveolds@k-state.edu
Kansas State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. K-State research looks at pathogenic attacks on host plants
2. K-state researchers explore physiological effects of space travel with NASA grant
3. K-State professors cancer research gets boost from National Institutes of Health
4. K-State research team investigates mutated genes role in breast cancer
5. K-State researchers find gene-silencing nanoparticles may put end to pesky summer pest
6. NIH grants K-State researcher nearly $1.5 million to study antibiotic-resistant bacteria
7. K-State professor using NSF award to study the impact of nitrogen deposition on global change
8. K-State scientist to receive $1 million CAREER award
9. K-State plant pathology professor awarded international professorship for Latin America
10. K-State program will give young professionals skills to protect water resources
11. Ph.D. student in K-State plant pathology selected for international fellowship
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/21/2016)... 21, 2016 NuData Security announced today that ... of principal product architect and that Jon ... customer development. Both will report directly to ... moves reflect NuData,s strategic growth in its product ... customer demand and customer focus values. ...
(Date:6/15/2016)... ALBANY, New York , June 15, 2016 ... published a new market report titled "Gesture Recognition Market ... Trends and Forecast, 2016 - 2024". According to the ... at USD 11.60 billion in 2015 and is ... and reach USD 48.56 billion by 2024.  ...
(Date:6/7/2016)... , June 7, 2016  Syngrafii Inc. and ... business relationship that includes integrating Syngrafii,s patented LongPen™ ... project. This collaboration will result in greater convenience ... credit union, while maintaining existing document workflow and ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Robots will storm the Prudential Center in ... 2016. The event, which is held on the United Nations International Day of Persons ... back into the workplace. Suitable Technologies is partnering with NTI to showcase how technology ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... new moving magnet Voice Coil Actuator with a flexure design that ensures high ... life with cost-effective pricing and is ideally suited where extreme precision is required, ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... BOCA RATON, Fla. , Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... immunological biotherapeutic products, is pleased to announce the addition ... 1st Avenue Kearney, Nebraska . The ... for business on November 29th, 2016 and brings the ... Ileana Carlisle , BPC,s Chief ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... BEIJING , Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... of genomic services and solutions with cutting edge next-generation ... has completed a USD $75 Million [515 Million RMB] ... CMB International Capital Management ( Shenzhen ) ... Ltd. ("SDIC Innovation") and Shanghai Sigma Square Investment Center ...
Breaking Biology Technology: