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11-02-01

Contacts:
James Huss, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294-3527
Daniel Henroid, College of Family and Consumer Sciences (515)294-7549
Sue Ellen Tuttle, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294-8799
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986


IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR TO DEVELOP
ONLINE FOOD SAFETY VIRTUAL REFERENCE DESK


AMES, Iowa -- The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at Iowa State University has received a $475,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a virtual reference desk on food safety.

James Huss, associate professor of hotel, restaurant and institution management, and Daniel Henroid, adjunct instructor in the same program, will create a comprehensive online database targeted to food service operators and consumers.

It will allow users of all ages to ask questions of food safety experts and it will feature frequently asked questions about food safety.

Iowa State will create three possible models for the online reference. An advisory group of 10 academic, government, industry and consumers will select the one to be implemented.

The selection will be posted on the ISU Extension Service Web site for a six-month pilot study.

"National participation and collaboration is crucial to the project's long-term integrity and sustainability," says Huss.

The site will feature answers reached by a consensus of experts.


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