Throughout the semester we’ve discussed how food science has changed in the past century, the past 50 years, and even since you guys entered the scene 20 years ago.
To this point, the food allergen issue is one you’ve been hearing about probably since you were in 1st grade. But for your parents’ generation (and certainly mine), we never heard of food allergies and never knew someone who could get sick (or die) from eating peanuts. Before your generation, there was no labeling and the food industry paid little attention to this issue.
This situation, as you know, is completely different. Next week, Dr. Steve Taylor will explain how we got to this point. He will also lead you through case studies so you have a sense of the sometimes difficult decisions a food company could have to make when faced with the prospect of multi-million dollar recalls.