International delegates visit Detection and Food Safety Center

Published: Aug 28, 2006 4:21:38 PM
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Researchers and regulators from across Europe came to Auburn's campus on June 22 to discuss the work being done at the Auburn University Detection and Food Safety Center (AUDFS). Delegates from 10 countries met at the new Poultry Science building to discuss food safety issues of concern to Europe, North America and the rest of the world. AUDFS was the last stop in a tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

Participants discussed pesticide usage, harvesting and packaging of food, import and export regulations and other available technologies. Agri-terrorism and bioterrorism were also discussed at great length.

"The group seemed particularly impressed with our current research which focuses on the development of a phage based test kit that will ultimately detect anthrax exposure," said Sandra Williams, industrial relations coordinator for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Representing the AUDFS were Jong Wook Hong, Bart Prorok and Aleksandr Simonian from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; Jim Barbaree and William Charles Neely from the College of Science and Math; Don Conner and Omar Oyarzabal from the College of Agriculture; and Tung-shi Huang from the College of Human Sciences.

AUDFS is committed to the improvement of food safety by developing the science and engineering required to rapidly pinpoint, identify and characterize problems that arise in the food safety chain through the integration of sensor and information systems technology.