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National Science Foundation Workshop on Food Safety Global Supply Chain Needs


The objective of the NSF Food Safety Global Supply Chain Needs workshop was to provide a forum for disseminating information and sharing ideas about the frontiers of food safety research, education, and technology transfer. The workshop discussed the current state-of-the-art and future potential of food safety technology, analyzed the gaps between the future potential and the present reality, and identified what needs to be done in the areas of research, education, and technology transfer in order to close the gaps. The workshop was a two-day event (October 29-30, 2014) in Alexandria, Virginia. The workshop covered four themes: 1) Processes, 2) Global Trends, 3) Packaging, and 4) Supply Network Risk Management. Forty-one speakers, representing thought leaders from government, academia, and industry, presented brief six-minute white papers to summarize their research goals, and to discuss specific needs that could be addressed though NSF participation in funding in food safety. This workshop had 71 participants, including the white paper presenters, keynote speakers, and representatives of government agencies. The ideas presented by the speakers and generated from the discussion sessions are summarized in this final project report. This report will be delivered to all workshop participants and relevant funding agencies as well as disseminated widely to industry, government, and academic stakeholders.


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