University of Florida

Free Breakfast to Raise Folic Acid Awareness at UF

Topic(s): Families and Consumers, Nutrition

Gail Rampersaud discusses plans for the group's upcoming 'grab-and-go' breakfast event
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — October is Folic Acid Awareness Month in Florida, and to educate the University of Florida community about this important nutrient, the Florida Folic Acid Coalition and the March of Dimes, North Central Florida Division will offer a pre-Halloween treat on campus.

The two organizations are sponsoring a free "grab-and-go" breakfast featuring foods rich in folic acid, such as bagels and oranges, from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 on the Reitz Union Colonnade. Multivitamins and folic acid information will be available at the event. (more …)

Florida Food Safety 101: How to produce safer veggies

Topic(s): Agriculture, Crops, Families and Consumers, Food Safety, Safety

Stu Hutson 352-392-0400

Keith Schneider keiths29@ufl.edu, 352-392-1991 ext. 309

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — From fast food to dog food — new cases of contaminated cuisine seem to be a regular part of the modern news cycle. Tomatoes haven’t escaped mention in the ever-growing list, but the likelihood of their reappearance is about to shrink.

The Sunshine State produces half the fresh tomatoes eaten in the United States. The task requires more than 30,000 farm workers, growers and packers — all of whom will be required to undergo training in food safety practices developed by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Florida Tomato Exchange, in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (more …)

Neil Shay appointed chair of UF/IFAS’ food science and human nutrition department

Topic(s): Honors and Appointments, IFAS, Nutrition

Tom Nordlie (352) 392-0400

Jimmy Cheek jgcheek@ufl.edu, 352-392-1971
Neil Shay nshay@ufl.edu, 352-392-1991 ext. 202

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Neil F. Shay, a leading nutritional scientist with Kellogg Company and University of Florida alumnus, has been named chair of UF/IFAS’ food science and human nutrition department.

Shay also was appointed as a professor in the department, part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Jimmy Cheek, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, called Shay an exceptional scientist and scholar with an outstanding record of achievements. (more …)

Land gift will help UF study state and national ecological health

Topic(s): Conservation, Environment, Extension, RECs

Stu Hutson 352-392-0400

John Hayes hayesj@ufl.edu, 352-846-0643

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Upside-down and flat on the sandy soil, the bucket trap has done its job.

Surrounded by forest studded with goldenrods and the lavender spikes of blazing star, Lori Wendland slowly and reverently tips the 10-gallon plastic bucket to one side.

Where she’s at is one of the few pieces of bona fide wild Florida left — and the University of Florida doctor of veterinary medicine is never exactly sure what she’ll find. (more …)

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