Ohio State and Cardiff Met Universities Strengthen Food Safety Partnership

The Ohio State University and a university in Wales have agreed to work together on food security research.

The Ohio State University and Cardiff Metropolitan University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It was created by Ellen Evans of the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Center at Cardiff Met University and Sanja Ilic of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

The focus is on vulnerable patient groups, with some of the work being carried out by the two institutions. Data collection is underway in the United States to examine the training of dietitians in food safety and the collaboration has resulted in two publications and four conference contributions, with more planned.

The first study, published in 2021, examined the attitudes of student dietitians from three international institutions towards food safety. The other looked at the role of dietitians in disseminating food safety information.

Conference outcomes included the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) European Symposium in Munich in May 2022 and the virtual IAFP Annual Meeting in October 2020. Two papers were also presented at the Consumer Food Safety Education (CFSE) virtual conference.

Evans advises a doctoral student at Ohio State University, who is using the results of a research product at ZERO2FIVE as the basis for developing targeted food safety interventions for people receiving cancer treatment.

“With this MoU in place, we will be able to conduct further important research together that will help protect the most vulnerable in society from the risk of foodborne illness,” Evans said.

With support from the Welsh Government, ZERO2FIVE works with food and drink businesses of all sizes to provide assistance with plant design, start-up advice, new product development, third-party certification and compliance with food standards including BRCGS and SALSA, food safety and security, food legislation and labelling, nutrition, market analysis and marketing.

The MoU was signed on behalf of Cardiff Met University by Professor Katie Thirlaway, Dean of the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences.

“One of Cardiff Met University’s strategic priorities is to build and strengthen our global ties by connecting with partner universities around the world to produce research with global relevance and impact,” said Thirlaway.

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