Webcast Examines Fear of Food: What Is Really Safe?

woman selecting fruits and vegetablesAMES, Iowa -- Media reports of foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S. have shaken some consumers’ trust of the food system. However, nutrition and health professionals can help restore this trust through effective food safety.

That’s why the spring 2014 Current Issues in Nutrition conference examines food safety concerns and what safe food really means. The online conference for nutrition and health professionals is organized by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the ISU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Pre-recorded presentations already are available and the live question and answer session will be May 1, 12-1:30 p.m. CDT.

Featured speakers are Catherine Strohbehn and Angela Shaw from Iowa State University and Tami Cline, of Cline Consulting.

Strohbehn, adjunct professor in hospitality management, and Shaw, assistant professor of food safety, will address misconceptions about what is “safe” to eat, policies and best practices currently in place to ensure the safety of the U.S. food system and science-based impacts of different production methods on food safety.

Cline, who has more than 20 years of experience in the foodservice industry, will discuss how nutrition practitioners can effectively communicate food safety messages to the public that reduce fear and avoid promotion of one food system strategy over another.

To participate in Current Issues in Nutrition, register online at www.cpm.iastate.edu/cin. The cost is $35 for each participant and payment may be made by credit card, check or purchase order. All registered participants will be emailed instructions for viewing the pre-recorded presentations and for participating in the interactive question and answer session.