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The U.S. food system - stretching from farm to table - plays a distinctly vital role in the national economy. The goal of food science is to assure that our food supply is safe and properly preserved to maintain high quality, while working toward keeping the cost low enough for all to have access to a nutritionally adequate diet. Knowledge of food science is also important in developing national and international policies and regulations to ensure the safety of the food supply

Activities in Food Safety FIRST are designed for integrating the science of food into science classes. Since food science is based on chemistry and microbiology, as well as more advanced sciences like biochemistry and engineering, the Food Safety FIRST modules are a great way to address real-life science problems in the classroom.

The food-processing industry alone is the largest manufacturing industry in the United States, employing 1.6 million people. As a total system, food science employs 14 million people directly and another 4 million in related industries. It contributes nearly 20 percent of the gross national product (GNP). By using Food Safety FIRST you can introduce your students to careers for their futures in food science.

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Developed by UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program in cooperation with National Science Teachers Association, UMass Amherst Departments of Nutrition and Food Science, STEM Education Institute and the Department of Computer Science, copyright 2004. UMass Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. UMass Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment. This project is funded in part by USDA CSREES Grant Number 2002-51110-01501.
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