American Cheese conference, competition in Sacramento
Nearly 1,000 cheese industry members will converge on Sacramento this week for the American Cheese Society’s annual conference and competition.
The four-day conference, the first in California in more than 10 years, begins Tuesday at the Sacramento Convention Center. The winners of the cheese competition, billed as the largest of its kind in the nation, will be announced Thursday. Last year’s competition featured nearly 1,800 entries from more than 250 cheesemakers.
On Friday, the gathering’s “Festival of Cheese” will offer conference attendees and members of the public the chance to sample more than 1,700 competition cheeses, plus artisanal foods, from around the U.S. Tickets for the tasting are $60 each and available at http://festivalofcheese.brownpapertickets.com/.
UC Davis scientists to work with China on food safety
Scientists at UC Davis have signed a five-year agreement to collaborate with China on food safety.
The agreement, signed last week in China, brings together UC Davis and China’s Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University. The two schools will work together to propose solutions for current problems in food safety in China at every point along its food chain, and will seek to improve tracing of food products.
Among high-profile cases, Chinese meat supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co., which supplies meat to Starbucks, McDonald’s and Burger King in China, recently was shut down for mishandling meat and using it past its expiration date.
“In general, Chinese food traceability is an issue,” said UC Davis professor Zhongli Pan. “So, there is a need and desire to develop technology that can trace all the product — from production to table.”
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