Food Safety and Nutrition
The first of two web seminars on the topic of Food Safety and Nutrition was held
on Thursday, April 26, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenter
was Dr. Patrick McCarthy, Epidemiologist from the Office of Food Defense, Communication,
and Emergency Response, at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. In this seminar, Dr. McCarthy talked about outbreak
Dr. McCarthy started the presentation talking about the different foods the USDA
and the FDA regulate and investigate. There are millions of cases of foodborne illnesses
in our country every year, most of them caused by viruses (67%). Dr. McCarthy also
talked about surveillance, tracebacks, and a specific outbreak caused by spinach
in 2006. All participants received a copy of NSTA's SciGuide about Science and Our
Food Supply, grades 5-8.
Forty-two (42) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states
of Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. One participant attended from Washington DC.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "This content will help answer students questions about food safety and how
these cases are tracked."
- "It answered some general questions about recent events and discussed the process
of determining food-borne illnesses."
- "Everyone eats without thinking. This gave me some great info for my
of Science class that I teach. We can discuss the problems
surrounding feeding large
- "I found the statistical portion of the presentation to be most helpful. I
to download said software for future reference for myself and I plan to
on to our A & P teacher in my school district."
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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