Advancing Food Safety in Child Nutrition Programs
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 with faculty from the Departments of Hospitality Management and Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health. The center seeks to be at the forefront of providing safe food to America's school-aged children.
Kansas 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 center's faculty members have 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.