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Food Science Class Visits China

Nine Plant Sciences students traveled with Dr. Deland Myers to China March 13-22 as part of the North Dakota State University International Student and Study Abroad Services class, “The Food Industry in Southeast China” (CFS 379/779). The purpose of the class was to learn about food processing and food safety in China.
 
 

Nine Plant Sciences students traveled with Dr. Deland Myers to China as part of the North Dakota State University International Student and Study Abroad Services class, “The Food Industry in Southeast China” (CFS 379/779). The group traveled to China during spring break March 13-22. The purpose of the class was to learn about food processing and food safety in China.

The trip included tours of Cargill Food Technology Co., Ltd. in Pinghu, which is near Shanghai; Beijing Hormel Foods Co., Ltd.; Weiquan Dairy in Hangzhou; the Beijing Office of Emerson Electric (China); Smart Agricultural Analytics in Beijing; a tea plantation; and iconic sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. The group also spent time with students and faculty at ZJTEP University in Hangzhou, where they met students who will be studying Food Safety at NDSU next year.

Highlights of their tours included meeting the Vice President of Emerson Electric (China), Mr. Scott Olson, who is an NDSU Electrical Engineering graduate, and touring the Hormel facility in Beijing. The Vice President of Operation at Hormel told the group that that the employees in the facility were highly impressed with the group’s behavior and understanding of food safety. 

Myers believes that the students on this trip were excellent ambassadors for the NDSU Food Science and Food Safety programs and looks forward to future trips and activities.

The students presented pictures and information about their adventures during an open house on April 27. The students gave presentations about each stop of the tour, sharing their impressions of China and highlights of their learning experiences. Photos of the presentations and open house can be viewed at http://on.fb.me/1J198g0.

This is the first Study Abroad class Myers has led. He is a Cereal and Food Sciences professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. For more information on this course and the NDSU Study Abroad programs, see http://bit.ly/1LJ3MEt.

Source: Deland Myers, 701-231-9450, deland.myers@ndsu,edu
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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