How can food safety promote the availability and access of culturally appropriate foods for all people? Students will explore that question by engaging with literature on the burden of foodborne disease, risk assessment and management technologies, and commodity specific food safety risks. This graduate course will focus on readings of primary and secondary literature, in-class discussions, and exercises to evaluate the literature, and a structured writing assignment to apply those concepts to current problems in food safety.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the burden of foodborne disease using data from primary sources.
- Discuss pathways by which food safety can impact food security.
- Evaluate how risk analysis approaches can guide risk-based food safety management.
- Compare historic food safety regulations with new paradigms such as the Food Safety Modernization Act.
- Compare the impacts of traditional and emerging food safety technologies on the safety of major commodities.
- Infer how changes to global food production and consumption practices allow for the emergence of food safety risks.
- Evaluate the data sources and laboratory methods used for foodborne disease outbreak surveillance.
- Critically evaluate foodborne disease outbreaks and other current events.
- Create reports or other outputs that will identify how food safety impacts food security in systems relevant to research or professional interests.
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