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Welcome to the Food Science Institute

Dr. Curtis Kastner

From the Director, Dr. Curtis Kastner

Welcome to the Food Science Institute Website. The Food Science Institute (FSI) was established in 2001 to integrate the expertise in food science across K-State. FSI facilitates the undergraduate, graduate, and online education programs and provides both research and technical assistance for the food industries. Approximately, 57 nationally and internationally recognized faculty from five colleges and 11 departments serve as teachers, mentors, researchers, and extension specialists in the following areas: food chemistry, food microbiology, food safety, veterinary medicine, cereal science, dairy science, meat science, food service, sensory analysis, food engineering, human nutrition, and product development. We look forward to assisting you in the area of food science.

What's New?

Dr. Curtis Kastner Announces His Retirement

Please "Save the Date!" After years of service to Kansas State University, Dr. Kastner has announced he will retire. A retirement celebration is scheduled for September 3, 2016. More information will be announced soon. We hope you can join us to thank Dr. Kastner for his leadership, service and commitment to Kansas State University, the Food Science Institute and the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Ziyi LinghuZiyi Linghu wins 2nd place in IFT Poster Competition

Ziyi Linghu, Ph.D. student in Food Science placed 2nd in the Poster Competition – Food Toxicology and Food Safety Division – IFT 2016. The title of her poster was "The Inhibitory Effect of Amino Acids on the PhlP Information in Maillard Reaction." Ziyi's major professor is Dr. J. Scott Smith. Congratulations Ziyi!

Lunch and Learn: FSMA Regulations

When: August 8, 2016
Where: Kansas State University Olathe
22201 W Innovation Dr, Olathe, KS 66061

Please join us for this informative lunch and learn sponsored by National IFT and K-State Olathe. Dr. Jennifer McEntire, VP of Science Operations for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, will be presenting about the new FSMA regulations and be available for questions. Lunch will be included with the price of admission. This event will also be worth 1.25 CFS recertification hours. Registration will open June 15th.

Ticket prices:
$5.00 For IFT Student Members
$10.00 for IFT members
$25.00 for Non-IFT members

Online registration

Dr. McEntire is an expert on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, food safety regulations, traceability, and food defense. She has previously worked for The Acheson Group, Leavitt Partners, USDA, IFT, FDA and has her PhD in Food Microbiology.

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Keep on top of Food Science Institute and Animal Science and Industry news and events with the new App! The app is available on Google Play and Apple stores. Features include:

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  • Download resources including schedules, bios, FAQs
  • Access maps and directions to facilities, hotel headquarters and more
  • Submit event photos


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The Food Science Institute facilitates training of traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate students; supports basic and applied research initiatives; and provides technical and scientific information to consumers, the food industry, and governmental agencies .



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