Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) is providing food safety information at users’ fingertips with a new mobile app. The FAPC Connect App, available for download through the App Store and Google Play, offers food safety and other food-related information on the go, said Mandy Gross, FAPC communications services manager.
“Food safety affects food processors and consumers alike,” Gross said. “Each year about one in six Americans get sick from foodborne diseases. FAPC strives to meet the food safety and security needs of the food industry, and the FAPC Connect app is another way to meet these needs.”
The app allows users to select topics of interest and get notified when new content is added; access articles, videos and training by FAPC topics and experts; and ask experts to get answers on various food-processing topics.
Funding from J-M Farms, Dvorak Farms, Unitherm Food Systems, Lopez Foods, Griffin Foods, Ralph’s Packing Co., deVine Water Co., Shawnee Milling Co. and Clements Food Co. helped support the creation of the mobile app.
Industry support was key in creating the app, said Roy Escoubas, FAPC director. “The food industry understands the importance and necessity of having a mobile app that provides information about food safety, processing and FAPC in general,” said Roy Escoubas, FAPC director. “We would never have been able to develop and launch the app without the help of our industry sponsors.”
The launch of the app coincides with FAPC’s 20-year anniversary. Since 1997, FAPC has kept food and agricultural processors and entrepreneurs on the forefront of cutting-edge, value-added processing and technology. The center, a part of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, has assisted more than 1,000 Oklahoma clients through 3, 000 technical and business projects.
Download the app from the App Store, Google Play, or http://www.fapcconnect.com or text FAPC to 80802.