2014 New Call for Positions
2014 URS Call for Positions
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.
079 Community Food Safety Specialist
Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
California - statewide
- Community Food Safety Specialist (docx), uploaded 05/14/2014 by Mary Delany
Between the growing food movement and new food regulations being put in place, I'm anxious to see more academic support on a statewide level in the area of food safety. Success of the UC Master Food Preserver program hinges on our ability to expand our food safety expertise, providing resources for statewide programs as well as the academics who support them.
This proposal identifies a substantial amount of workload that will have a critical impact on food safety in California. There is enough work described in the proposal to support two or more positions, but even one position would make an impact as we look to developing programs around the new produce safety and preventative control regulations for producers and processors, and we consider the implementation and development of the Cottage Food program within California.
As County Director with a program with MFP volunteers, there is a strong need for a specialist in this discipline. The MFP program and cottage food is growing in popularity, and ANR should provide this both from a liability aspect and for visibility and support of county programs.
Food safety is a critical issue and the California League of Food Processors supports the need for this position. The university, and the commercial food processing industry need additional expertise available to handle a wide range of issues and to provide technical assistance.
Food Safety is an essential aspect of food and has direct effects on all aspects of consumer health and well being. The University must have a direct input to this activity, provident both factual information and practical advice to all the state's citizens.The Campus has the knowledge and should have the support it needs to implement programs that will benefit all.
From a national perspective, we have come to rely on excellent, high quality consumer food safety education from UC-Davis. This position, in that it includes behavioral research and impacts of food safety education, has been, and can continue to be, critical in helping guide Extension consumer programs around the country as well food safety education efforts in the state of California. It would be a shame to disband and discontinue support of a program with an established reputation and the expertise and guidance to continue this recognition and contributions to food science and safety.
The California pistachio industry supports the proposed 079 Community Food Safety Specialist position. The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act will have major implications on small food processors and other cottage food makers and other food safety specialists are already stretched thin covering major food processing industries. Additional dedicated expertise is needed to cover the unique needs of the smaller processors of all food items.
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