MEDIA ADVISORY: Food Safety Expert Available to Discuss Cantaloupe Recall

September 30, 2011

In light of the recent Listeria outbreak associated with cantaloupe, it is more important than ever to choose your fresh fruits and vegetables carefully. Though many factors are out of our control, it is important to select produce that has been stored properly and safely from the grocery store or market. Institute of Food Technologists Spokesperson Don Shaffner, PhD, is available to discuss what consumers need to know the next time they hit the produce aisle.

Additional materials available include a video and fact sheet.

Please contact Mindy Weinstein at 312-604-0231, for more information or to set up an interview with Dr. Schaffner. 


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The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a nonprofit scientific society. Our individual members are professionals engaged in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT’s mission is to advance the science of food, and our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply, contributing to healthier people everywhere. 

For more than 70 years, the IFT has been unlocking the potential of the food science community by creating a dynamic global forum where members from more than 100 countries can share, learn, and grow. We champion the use of sound science across the food value chain through the exchange of knowledge, by providing education, and by furthering the advancement of the profession. IFT has offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit

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