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Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs

Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs

Advancing Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs

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The Center of Excellence Food for Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs provides science-based solutions to problems impacting food safety in child nutrition programs across the United States. The Center resides within the College of Human Ecology under the administration of the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics (HMD) and seeks to be at the forefront of providing safe food to American’s school-aged children.

Child standing in a school lunch lineKansas State University (K-State) is a national leader in food safety research and education within the food chain. The university has identified food safety and security (food bioterrorism) as an area of targeted excellence for research, education, and outreach. K-State values and supports interdisciplinary research, especially in food safety and security, as is evidenced by our interdisciplinary graduate degrees in Food Science and through the number of units focusing on this area of targeted excellence. Interdisciplinary research also is evident in the collaborative research projects currently being conducted on campus. Moreover, K-State will be closely linked with the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility which will be located on campus. K-State is home to many food safety units that cover a broad scope of food safety research within the food chain. The faculty in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics (HMD) has collaborated with the food safety extension specialists and state department officials in providing food safety training to child nutrition directors and employees, foodservice managers and employees, extension agents, and health inspectors. HMD faculty has been involved in food safety and school related research for several years and has been pioneers in foodservice management education and research since the 1930s. In addition, food safety research has been identified as a research priority in the HMD's strategic plan.