Food Safety group builds information hubs

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The U.S National Alliance for Food Safety (NAFS) has begun
developing a modelfor what it calls, "virtual centres of
excellence." Dr. Elsa Murano, Texas...

The U.S National Alliance for Food Safety (NAFS) has begun developing a modelfor what it calls, "virtual centres of excellence." Dr. Elsa Murano, Texas A&MUniversity associate professor of food science and NAFS operations committeechairman, described the model at last week's NAFS annual meeting - held atTexas A&M. Thirty-seven representatives from 24 universities, along withrepresentatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural ResearchService (USDA-ARS), attended the meeting.The group is to organise its members into 12 virtual centres of excellence.Six are based on commodities - beef, pork, poultry, dairy, plant product,seafood/aquaculture - and six on discipline - education and outreach, riskanalysis and policy, food toxicology, detection and typing methods, microbialphysiology and ecology, and pathogen control. The group hopes to structurethese centres so that, when the need arises, scientists in differentdisciplines and different parts of the country can work together to reactquickly to problems in food safety.

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