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Talking Food Safety Trends at HWS

Hosted by the Colleges' scientific research society Sigma Xi, a lecture will focus on foodborne pathogens, government regulations, and bio-terrorism threats.

(November 11, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–Food safety issues have shifted from pesticide residues in the 1970s and 80s to bacterial and parasitic contamination in the 1990s, and more recently to the threat of bio-terrorism. Randy Worobo, associate professor of food microbiology in the Department of Food Science and Technology of Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, will present a talk titled “Changes in Food Safety Trends to Meet Present Day Challenges” at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, in Eaton Hall, room 111, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.

This talk will examine how the present day food supply has changed over the past 30 years due to foodborne illness outbreaks, government regulations, and consumer perceptions. The talk is free and the public is invited to attend.

Worobo's research interests include non-thermal processing alternatives for beverages, pathogen survival in manure and manure amended soil and decontamination treatments for fruits and vegetables, as well as bacterial antimicrobial proteins and peptides, termed bacteriocins, that are capable of inhibiting food-borne pathogens and spoilage organisms.

Worobo will be the guest of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, which is dedicated to honoring scientific accomplishments, encouraging and enhancing appreciation and support of original investigation in science and technology, and fostering worldwide a creative and dynamic interaction among science, technology and society.