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Global Teamwork Will Make World Food Supply Safer

A new global food safety partnership will provide technical support for the food industry through research, scholar exchange, collaborative teaching and outreach activities.

by Washington State University
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Rasco, left, and Kang sign a memorandum of understanding for the Center for Applied Food Safety and Processing.Photo courtesy of Washington State UniversityThe School of Food Science Washington State University/University of Idaho and Seoul National University Department of Food and Animal Biotechnology (Food Science) recently signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Center for Applied Food Safety and Processing. It formalizes collaborations that started in 1999 between the Korean university and WSU.

The co-located center will address global food safety and processing issues to help ensure a safe and wholesome worldwide food supply and to enhance food security and sustainability through research and training.

“As much as possible, the teaching will be delivered in a ‘train-the-trainer’ format,” said Barbara Rasco, interim director at the U.S. school. “This will develop a sustainable capacity to continue training on a long-term basis. The center intends to bring more academic institutions on board.”

Dong-Hyun Kang, professor and director of the Korean department, will visit the U.S. school in December to help develop programs for the center for 2015. He has many years of experience coordinating scholar exchanges and training programs in food processing and product safety.