DIT Food Science Students Claim Top Prize at Awards

The School of Food Science and Environmental Health, based at DIT Cathal Brugha Street, has provided shining examples of the scientists of tomorrow with four students being awarded prizes at The Food Safety Authority of Ireland's (FSAI) annual competition for best food safety related project in Institutes of Technology.

The overall winner was Ms. Orla McKeever, BSc Food Technology, who's project entitled "The effect of Storage Temperature on the Shelf-life of Fruit juice", was conducted in conjunction with DIT's Food Product Development Centre.

Ms. Michelle Birmingham, also BSc Food Technology, took second prize, for her project; "Effects of Bacterial Pathogens of Novel Decontamination Procedures used for Ready-to-Eat Vegetables", while Ms. Aisling Morton, BSc Environmental Health, was awarded joint runner up.

Also adding to the awards was Julien Lonchamp, who was awarded the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre Prize for best student presentation in the Convenience  & Functional Food Category. Julein's presentation;  "Volatile emissions and quality markers for ready-to-use lettuce", was given at the University College Cork Food Science and Technology Conference in September. Julien is undertaking a PhD in the School of Food Science and Environmental Health at DIT.

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