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Dr. Carl K. Winter

March 2008

Dr. Carl K. Winter

Public Lecture: “How Do Organic Foods Stack Up?
A Food Safety and Nutritional Comparison”
Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts

Public Musical Performance: “Still Stayin’ Alive: A Musical Look at Contemporary Food Safety Issues”
Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
Freed Center for the Performing Arts

Dr. Carl K. Winter Dr. Carl Winter is the director of the FoodSafe Program and an extension food toxicologist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California at Davis. His research and outreach work focus on pesticide residues and naturally occurring toxins in foods. He has authored two books and 100 publications covering such diverse topics as pesticide residues, risk assessment, risk communication, mycotoxins, plant toxins, organic foods and food safety education. Winter holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and environmental chemistry and a BS in environmental toxicology, both from the University of California at Davis.

To further spread his message, Winter has developed "food safety music" - humorous, yet effective, parodies of popular songs with original lyrics replaced by food safety messages. Song topics included bacterial contamination, irradiation, biotechnology, government regulation and pesticides.

Winter's music has been featured by more than 75 major news sources, including USA Today, National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Discovery Channel, Good Housekeeping and the Chicago Tribune. In 2003, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education recognized Winter with a Hod Ogden Medal, which acknowledged Winter's efforts to positively influence the advancement of health promotion.