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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Science For Kids: food scientist
ARS food technologist Alley Watada (left) prepare shredded carrots for automated measurement of ethylene production. 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.

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Last Modified: 2/14/2011
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