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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Cool Food Scientist

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Food scientist William Windham studies rice information on a computer screen. A food scientist, or food technologist, looks for better ways to select, preserve, process, package, and distribute food products, including the ingredients that go into them. A food scientist also must have extensive knowledge on the nature, composition and behavior of food, such as what happens to its flavor, color, or nutritional properties when cooked or placed in storage.

Biology, microbiology, chemistry, and engineering are just some of the diverse fields of study that food science draws on to ensure safe, high-quality consumer products.

 
Food scientist William Windham studies a computer screen showing information about the texture of rice.
 

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Last Modified: 2/14/2011
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