Oklahoma Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center                Oklahoma State University

                                                     FOOD FACTS    The Newsletter
                                                                       Volume 7, Issue 2        Summer 2003

                   Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station

Center hosts Food Safety Symposium                                                                        Director and
                                                                                                          Administrative Staff

       ood safety is a major       and Clostridium botulinum.          Majkowski, FSIS/USDA;              J. Roy Escoubas, Director
       concern for the food        However, common                     David Edger, 3CI                   Rachel Johnson
                                                                                                          Cecilia Brewer
       industry.                   foodborne pathogens such            Consulting; D.C. Coston,           Sarah Burke
  As a result, the Oklahoma as Salmonella species, E. coli             Oklahoma Agricultural              Quincee Junghanns
Food and Agricultural              0157:H7, Listeria                   Experiment Station;                Colleen Fleming
Products Research and              monocytogenes and                   Elizabeth Nutt, Tulsa City/
Technology Center recently         Campylobacter jejuni could          County Health Department;          Faculty
hosted a symposium that            be used.                            Lauri Smithee, Oklahoma            Agribusiness Economics
focused on the                                                               State Department of          Rodney Holcomb, Ph.D.
biosecurity of food                                                          Health; and Peter            Cereal Chemistry
from the farm to the                                                         Muriana, Center food         Patricia Rayas-Duarte, Ph.D.
table.                                                                       microbiologist.
                                                                                                          Food Engineering
  Stanley Gilliland,                                                           The speakers               Danielle Bellmer, Ph.D.
Center food                                                                  discussed food safety        Tim Bowser, Ph.D.
microbiologist and                                                           topics such as the need
                                                                                                          Food Microbiology
Food Safety                                                                  for biosecurity in the       Stanley Gilliland, Ph.D.
Symposium                                                                    food system, the FSIS        Peter Muriana, Ph.D.
committee chair, set                                                         food security
the stage with his                                                           initiative, processing       Food Processing
                                                                                                          William McGlynn, Ph.D.
introductory                                                                 facilities security
comments during the                                                          systems, the role of         Oil and Oilseed Chemistry
symposium.                                                                   American colleges of         Nurhan Dunford, Ph.D.
  “Recent global                                                             agriculture in
events have increased                                                        agricultural security, a     Professional Staff
the need for                                                                 terrorism                    Business and Marketing
                                                                                                          Jim Brooks
biosecurity awareness                                                        preparedness plan,           Corey Stone
in the food industry,”     David Edger, founder of 3CI Consulting,           foodborne disease            Chuck Willoughby
Gilliland said.            discusses steps needed to prepare for possible    surveillance and
                           terrorist attacks.                                                             Communications
“Because of this, the                                                        biosecurity, and             Mandy Gross
theme of this year’s                                                         Listeria monocytogenes.
symposium is “Biosecurity             Gilliland reminded the              Edger, the founder of 3CI       Food Microbiology
of Food: Farm to Table.”           symposium participants              Consulting, suggested some         Siobhan Reilly, Ph.D.
  During his presentation          that feedlots, as well as           steps during his                   Pilot Plant Processing
Gilliland gave examples of         processing and foodservice          presentation to prepare for        David Moe
microorganisms that might          areas could be possible             a terrorist attack.                Jacob Nelson
be used as terrorism agents. targets for bioterrorist                     “The harsh reality is we        Product Development
Some of the                        attacks.                            cannot protect all of our          Darren Scott
microorganisms most often             Other speakers during the agricultural sites,” Edger
                                                                                                          Quality Management
considered are Bacillus            symposium included Floyd            said. “However, risk               Jason Young
anthracis, Small pox virus         Horn, USDA; Jesse                      See SYMPOSIUM, page 4

                                                   USDA-OSU Cooperating
A message from the director
           ne of the fiscal     trimming business costs are          Small companies usually
           issues of            key.                              cannot support research
           technology-based        In recent times,               and development overhead,
businesses is the investment    businesses find themselves        and try to be creative in
cost of product                 reviewing the need to             manufacturing for product-
development.                    maintain research and             line extensions and other
   The food and agribusiness    product development               development activities.
sector is generally             departments. Many                    Small- and medium-sized
considered to be                businesses have chosen to         businesses usually
technology-based, and           minimize or eliminate             incorporate the duties of
businesses in this sector       research and development          product development and
thrive on product               and outsource when                marketing into the position
development investments.        needed.                           description of one of the
   From an accounting point        The budget allocated to        company principals.
of view, research and           research and development             The Food and                  commodities, as well as
development is overhead         has ranged from 0.5 percent       Agricultural Products            agribusiness investments,
and does not contribute to      to 2 percent of gross sales       Center has been an               business marketing,
the short-term profitability    on average. A large U.S.-         investment by the                quality manufacturing,
of the company. Although        located food company              Oklahoma Legislature to          compliance, food and
research and development        recently reported annual          provide research and             process engineering, and
is an investment for the        sales of just under $30           development support for          employee training.
future, it also is an expense   billion. Even at a moderate       the food and agribusiness           The Center could be an
liability.                      investment, the research          sector in Oklahoma for           asset to your business
   When the economy is          and development annual            value-added technologies,        without the heavy cost
strong and profit margins       budget was substantial.           processes and products.          liability of your own
are relatively wide, business      Large companies with              Facilities and                research and development.
management usually              significant research and          infrastructure are in place,     Contact the Center to see
focuses on production,          development investments           and scientists and               what we can do for you.
marketing and selling of        have increasingly greater         technologists are working to
products.                       pressure to minimize those        meet the objectives. Product
   When margins are narrow      overhead costs and develop        development support can
and competition is severe,      some plan to outsource as         be accessed in essentially all
lean manufacturing and          much as possible.                 foods and agricultural           J. Roy Escoubas, Director

 Center welcomes new communications specialist

           andy Gross joined    involved in                                    Natural             promoted to
           the Center team      several student                                Resources and       communications
           as the new           organizations,                                 the Outstanding     specialist.
 communications specialist.     including                                      Graduating            In 2002, she began
    Gross grew up on a          Agricultural                                   Senior in           working as a
 small farm south of            Communicators                                  Agricultural        communications specialist
 Mountain View, Okla. She       of Tomorrow                                    Communi-            for the Agricultural
 is a 2000 graduate of          and Block and                                  cations.            Communications Services
 Oklahoma State University      Bridle, as well as                               After             at Oklahoma State
 with a bachelor of science     numerous                                       graduating from     University, then
 degree in agricultural         honorary                                       college, Gross      transferred to the Food
 communications and             organizations.                                 was hired at the    and Agricultural Products
 animal science.                  Gross was named the             Arizona Farm Bureau              Center.
    While attending             Outstanding Graduating            Federation in Phoenix as the       Gross currently resides
 Oklahoma State                 Senior for the College of         research and legislative         in Stillwater with her
 University, Gross was          Agricultural Sciences and         specialist and then was          husband, J.W.

Quick Bites...                 Advisory committee elects officers
New Web site look

                                       he Oklahoma                                            Members of the Industry
   The Center Web site
                                       Food and                                               Advisory Committee inlcude
has a new look. While                                                                         (from top, left to right) Gary
information offered by                                                                        Crane, Ralph’s Packing Co.; Don
                               Products Research                                              Ramsey, Blue & Gold Sausage;
the Center remains the
                               and Technology                                                 Roger Ediger, Mitchell &
same, the layout offers
                               Center Industry                                                DeClerck, PLLC; Dean Smith,
easier navigation and                                                                         SS Farms; Robert Bingham, Bil-
clearer links. New to the                                                                     Jac Foods Inc.; Gregg Ladd,
                               Committee recently                                             Hiland Dairies; Charles Nichols,
site includes links to all
                               elected their 2003-                                            Davison & Sons Cattle Co.;
the Center publications,
                               2004 officers.                                                 David McLaughlin, Advance
including annual reports                                                                      Food Co.; and J. Roy Escoubas,
                                 The committee is
and fact sheets.                                                                              Center director. Not picutured
                               appointed by the                                               are Brett Burk, Elanco Animal
   Visit the site at
                               Governor, Senate                                               Health; James Cochran, Pfizer
                               President-Pro-Temp,                                            Animal Health; Virgil
                               Speaker of the                                                 Jurgensmeyer, J-M Farms;
Marketing workshop                                                                            Rodger Kerr, Southwest
                               House and the Dean                                             Technology Center; Mike
  A fall marketing
                               of the Division of                                             Mitchell, Mrs. Smith’s Foods;
workshop is planned for
                               Agricultural                                                   Linda Whitworth, Food with a
Oct. 22, 2003. The topics                                                                     Flair; Michael Wright, Hormel
                               Sciences and Natural
will include establishing                                                                     Foods; and Sam Curl, OSU
                               Resources. The                                                 Dean of the Division of
a brand to market a
                               advisory committee                                             Agricultural Sciences and
product, how to use
                               meets biannually to                                            Natural Resources.
brokers and case studies
                               discuss issues
of recent marketing
                               concerning the Center and      Oklahoma Department of         including the Food and
success stories of the
                               the food industry.             Agriculture Board, is a        Agricultural Products
Center. Speakers will
                                 During the last meeting,     member and past president      Center Industry Advisory
consist of restaurant and
                               Dean Smith, Roger Ediger       of the Oklahoma Vegetable      Committee since 1997, the
store managers. For more
                               and Don Ramsey were            Association and an active      Dean of Agricultural
information contact Jim
                               elected to serve as chair,     alumnus of the Oklahoma        Sciences and Natural
Brooks at (405) 744-6071
                               vice chair and secretary,      Agricultural Leadership        Resources Advisory Board
                               respectively. A brief          and Leadership Oklahoma        at Oklahoma State
                               biography of each follows.     programs.                      University, the Oklahoma
Research symposium
                               Dean Smith                     Roger Ediger                   Grain and Stocker
  The Center is making
                                 Smith farms on fifth-          Ediger is an Of-counsel      Producers Association and
plans for the Fall
                               generation land near           for Mitchell and DeClerck,     the Oklahoma Wheat
Research Symposium.
                               Hinton, Okla. Smith            P.L.L.C. in Enid, Okla. He     Growers Association.
The symposium will
                               received a bachelor of         received a Juris Doctor from   Don Ramsey
include oral and poster
                               science degree in              the University of Oklahoma       Ramsey graduated from
presentations that will
                               mechanized agriculture         College of Law and a           OSU with a bachelor of
cover a variety of Center
                               from Oklahoma State            bachelor of arts degree in     science degree in agri-
projects. Further
                               University and began           business administration and    cultural education. He
information will be
                               producing traditional crops    economics from Tabor           worked as a vocational
available soon. For
                               in 1972. Smith added           College. Ediger was a          agriculture teacher for 20
questions about the
                               vegetable production to his    managing partner for           years until retiring to start
symposium, contact
                               farm in 1980 and currently     Ediger and Ediger Farms        his company. Ramsey began
Peter Muriana at (405)
                               farms 3,000 acres of           from 1976 to 2001. He was      Blue & Gold Sausage Co. in
744-6071 or
                               horticultural crops, includ-   involved in the production     1972, providing beef, pork
                               ing chili peppers, potatoes,   of approximately 3,000         and chicken products to
                               watermelon and spinach.        acres of commercial and        schools as fundraiser items.
Food Facts Newsletter            He was appointed to the      registered seed wheat,           He has been active in the
   Editor: Rachel Johnson
Managing Editor: Mandy Gross
                               original advisory board of     alfalfa, soybeans, grain       Center since its inception,
 Publisher: J. Roy Escoubas    the Food and Agricultural      sorghum and feeder cattle.     working to raise start-up
     Published quarterly       Products Center by former        He has served on             money and serving as a
   *For a free subscription,   Gov. Frank Keating.            numerous boards and            member of the board
 please call (405) 744-6071.
                                 Smith has served on the      advisory committees,           continually.


                                     Center Seminars and Workshops
        Basic Training, third Thursday of each month (except                                                                   Fall Marketing Workshop, Oct. 22, 2003
        December)                                                                                                              Clean In Place Workshop, TBA
        Beef Quality Summit, Aug. 18-22, 2003                                                                                  Fall Research Symposium, TBA
        Pork 101, Sept. 8-10, 2003                                                                                             Better Process Control School, TBA
        Meat and Poultry HACCP Workshop, Sept. 11-12, 2003
           For more information or to register, call (405) 744-6071 or see our Web site at

SYMPOSIUM, from page 1
management is key. Larger                              cooperation in the area of                                “From initial
sites and key transport                                agricultural security,                                  production
nodes should be hardened,                              provide survey results                                  practices on
and the private sector needs                           across the industry, resist                             the farm, to
to join forces with                                    the urge to publicize                                   the many
government.”                                           tailored solutions and                                  multi-faceted
   Edger also suggested to                             consider minimum                                        processes food
survey and increase security                           mandatory guidelines                                    undergoes, the
at the largest, most                                   similar to sanitary                                     food industry
vulnerable agricultural sites                          standards.                                              continually
and food processing and to                               The symposium provided                                searches to
launch expanded education                              an opportunity for                                      better food       Participants listen to food safety experts during the
programs for managers and                              participants to interact with                           safety            Food Safety Symposium.
employees.                                             some of the experts in the                              practices.”                         Department of Agriculture,
   Other security steps                                area of food safety, said J.                               Sponsors of the                  Food and Forestry; and the
include to improve state-to-                           Roy Escoubas, Center                                    symposium were the                  Oklahoma State
state communication and                                director.                                               Center; the Oklahoma                Department of Health.

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