Safe to Eat?


An insightful event is coming up in December about the science, politics and economics of food.  Featuring Thomas Besser, PhD, DVM and Bill Sischo, DVM, MPVM, PhD (Professors, School for Global Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine), discussions include food safety and food related disease.

Check out the neat event preview video here.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009
Registration: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch program: noon
$45 per person (includes lunch)
Guests welcome

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Spanish Ballroom
411 University Street, Seattle

Register here.

Food- and water-borne illnesses are growing concerns for people in the United States and abroad. Disease-causing microbes can spread easily from animals to people through contaminated meat, water, and produce, while the processes and interventions to prevent their spread often differ. Although Americans may be relatively unaware of the ways our food is grown, harvested, and brought to market, people in less-developed countries often interact closely with food-producing animals. How do the laws, customs, and economic realities involved in our food-production system affect the things we eat? What is the science behind our on-farm food safety efforts? How can we ensure a safe, affordable, and sustainable supply of food for ourselves while respecting the needs of our global community?

Professors Thomas Besser and Bill Sischo are among innovative WSU scientists leading international efforts in food safety through their research into the detection, prevention, and control of the causes of food-borne illness. Their investigation of the science, politics, and economics of food—from farm to fork—is crucial to the health and well-being of people and animals across Washington and worldwide.

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