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Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label
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This Web Seminar took place on May 11, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Lane Highbarger of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. In this Seminar, Dr. Highbarger talked about food irradiation, what it is, how it is performed, how it is regulated and irradiation safety.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.


This is the second of two Web Seminars scheduled as a follow-up to the Teaching Nutrition Science and the Food Label Symposium that took place at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia, PA. In this program, Dr. Lane Highbarger talked about food irradiation and the role of FDA in this process. Dr. Highbarger gave an overview of what types of foods were irradiated and the type of organisms that irradiation does and does not control. Dr. Highbarger also talked about some of the common misconceptions that consumers have regarding food irradiation and that studies have shown the practice to be safe for humans and have benefits for the overall health of the food supply.


Thirty-one (31) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. Two participants joined the seminar from outside of the United States: Romania and Turkey.


Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Clarification of sparse information I have gained from popular articles.”

  • “Good overview to food irradiation.”

  • “The chemistry of food irradiation is an important controversial topic for my students to debate.”

  • “I teach about microorganisms and would be great when we discuss disease.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




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