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ASFSA.ORG to Host Chat on Biotechnology

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Chat on Biotechnology

ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 23, 2001 – Robert Hahn, associate at Olsson, Frank, & Weeda, will preside over the American School Food Service Association's online chat on the topic of biotechnology on Thursday, October 25 at 4pm EDT at Hahn will respond to questions and concerns about biotechnology, specifically addressing the role of genetically modified foods in school feeding programs.

Robert A. Hahn is an associate at Olsson, Frank and Weeda, P.C. He has previously worked as Director of Legal Affairs at Public Voice for Food and Health Policy (now merged with the Consumer Federation of America), Vice President & Counsel at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now Chase Manhattan Bank), and as an associate in the Guangzhou, China office of Lewis, D'Amato, Brisbois, Bisgaard, Buxbaum & Choy.  Mr. Hahn has collaborated on several articles and papers including the The Food Institute’s Primer on Food Biotechnology.

Food biotechnology has become the subject of much attention and debate recently.  Supporters point to the role genetically modified foods can play in meeting the food needs of the expanding world population.  On the other hand, detractors claim modified crops could harm the environment and also create new food safety concerns. Hahn will discuss these arguments as well as talk about the impact such foods can have in school feeding programs.

All ASFSA members and the general public are invited to participate in the chat. To participate, log on to the World Wide Web and go to ASFSA’s Web site, Your Child Nutrition eSource at, on the day of the chat. There will be instructions on the ASFSA home page for connecting to the chat. A transcript of the chat will be available through the Web site within three days, as well.

Please note that chat participants now can receive one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) towards ASFSA Certification by attending the chat and completing a short quiz afterwards. More information can be found on this new professional development opportunity at ASFSA’s Web site in the Online Education Center.

ASFSA also has scheduled a chat for November 29, 2001, at 4 PM, EDT, on the ASFSA Certification and Credentialing programs. ASFSA will host chats every fourth Thursday of the month at 4 PM, eastern time. In September, ASFSA.ORG hosted a chat on “Implementing HACCP.” The transcript for this chat is now available.

ASFSA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 58,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. Founded in 1946, ASFSA is the only association devoted exclusively to protecting and enhancing children’s health and well-being through school meals and sound nutrition education. 

See Related Links for more information on biotechnology or for more information on past and future online chats.

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