FOOD SCIENTIST TO ADDRESS FRUIT & VEGETABLE PRODUCERS
THORSBY, Ala. -- Dr. Durward Smith, a food scientist with the University of Nebraska, will discuss value-added products and demonstrate the "peel blaster" machine he developed at Auburn University in the 1980s at a meeting at the Chilton Research & Extension Center in Thorsby on Thursday night at 6 p.m.
"This will be informal question-and-answer meeting, but I
think will be very helpful for individuals interested in processing some of their own fruits and vegetables," said Gary Gray, a Regional Extension Agent in Commercial Horticulture with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Gray said Smith will discuss value-added product development and federal health regulations, both subjects he teaches at Nebraska as a section on Food Quality Assurance.
Smith also advises Extension clients on value-added processing of horticultural crops and aiding entrepreneurs
and smaller food processors in process development and equipment optimization. He also acts as a process authority for small food processors.
Smith's research interests include improving the process efficiencies of smaller-scale food process systems and determining the effects of new process technologies on food quality and food safety.
Refreshments will be available at the meeting.
For more information, contact Gray at (205) 280-6268 or (334) 539-2128.