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NMSU Food Industry Seminar Features Leading Engineer

LAS CRUCES - Efforts to meet stringent U.S. Bioterrorism Act requirements in Mexico's food handling companies will be highlighted Monday at a special New Mexico State University food industry seminar.

"There's a huge amount of paperwork involved in meeting the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations," said Nancy Flores, food technology specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Roberto de Jesus Avena-Bustillos, an internationally respected engineer with the department of biochemical engineering at the Technical Institute of Culiacan in Sinaloa, Mexico, will speak at 3:30 p.m. in Room 194 of Gerald Thomas Hall, located on the western edge of the NMSU campus. His free, public seminar is part of a food safety series from NMSU's Extension Service.

"The focus of the seminar will be on the present status of the Mexican canning and preserve industry, and the influence of that market and safety regulations from the United States are imposing on this important food industry," Flores said.

The Bioterrorism Act regulations - which affect 400,000 food handling companies - are meant to thwart terrorists, Flores said. It's important for all owners, operators or agents of these facilities to realize that they are required to register if their facility enters interstate commerce, she said.

Mexico is a major exporter of fresh and processed mangos, Mexican salsa, frozen and canned tuna, as well as frozen shrimp and beef, tomato products, corn and honey.

Avena-Bustillos received his master's degree in food technology and his doctorate in agricultural engineering from University of California-Davis.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Flores at (505) 646-1179 or naflores@nmsu.edu before the event.