Food Science and Technology - Oklahoma State University (2022)

Purpose

The food science and technology career development event is designed to promote learning activities in food science and technology related to the food industry and to assist students in developing practical knowledge of principles used in a team decision-making process.

Objectives

  1. To encourage FFA members to gain an awareness of career and professional opportunities in the field of food science and technology.
  2. To provide FFA members with the opportunity to experience group participation and leadership responsibilities in a competitive food science and technology program.
  3. To help FFA members develop technical competence and personal initiative in a food science and technology occupation.

Event Rules

  1. It is highly recommended that participants wear FFA Official Dress for this event.
  2. Any participant in possession of an electronic device/cell phone, except a calculator, in the event area is subject to disqualification.
  3. The food science and technology career development event will consist of a team product development, practicums, and objective test.
  4. All team members will participate in all of the activities. There will be a possible 1,560 total points per team.
  5. Allergy Information: Food products used in this event may contain or come in contact with potential allergens. Advisors must submit a special needs request form for participants with allergies with certification. The event committee will make reasonable efforts to accommodate students with food allergies.

Event Format

Team Make-up

The team will consist of four members with all four members’ scores being totaled for the team score. Incomplete teams will only be eligible for individual awards. However, the event committee will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate incomplete team events.

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Equipment

Each participant can bring:

  1. Each participant can bring:
    1. A clipboard that is clean and free of notes.
    2. Two sharpened No. 2 pencils.
    3. Electronic calculator- Calculators used in this event should be non-programmable and non-graphing. Calculators should have only basic functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, equals, percent, square root, +/- key. No other calculators are allowed to be used during the event, including cell phones.
  2. Event Superintendent will provide:
    1. Official Scansheet for Food Science CDE
    2. Materials for the Team Product Development Project and Practicums

Event Schedule

Each contestant shall complete the event in the time allotted:

  1. Objective Test (60 Minutes)
  2. Practicums (30 Minutes)
  3. Sensory evaluation (10 Minutes)
  4. Team Product Development Project (70 minutes)

Objective Test (150 points)

  1. The objective questions administered during the food science and technology examination will be designed to determine each team members’ understanding of the basic principles of food science and technology. The test will be primarily, but not limited to, the list of references at the end of this chapter.
  2. Team members will work individually to answer each of the 50 questions. Each person will have 60 minutes to complete the examination. Each question will be worth 3 points, for a total of 150 points.

Practicums

Each Team Member will complete all parts of the practicums.

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  1. Problem Solving/Math Practicum (25 points possible per individual)
    Participants will answer a series of five mathematical calculations based on common food science themes. Questions may include nutrition calculations, ingredient quantity, cost-benefit analysis, estimation of cost/margin of goods sold, conversions, processing conditions, etc.
    Example Question: The perfect glass of sweet tea is 20 percent sugar. Jim is making a one-gallon container of sweet tea. How many cups of sugar should he add?
    1. 2.4 cups
    2. 3.2 cups
    3. 3.4 cups
    4. 4 cups
  2. Food Safety and Quality Practicum - 50 points
    1. Customer Inquiry- Each participant will be given five scenarios representing general consumer inquiries. Participants must determine if the consumer inquiry reflects a quality or safety issue and determine if it is a biological, chemical, or physical concern or hazard. (25 points)
    2. Product Specification Compliance: Students will be given sample sets (actual products and/or data sets) and will be responsible for determining compliance with the provided specification requirements. This may include, but is not limited to, determining if the product(s) is within the net weight standards, product sizing requirements, pH, color analysis, viscosity measurement, fill level tolerances, packaging specification compliance, etc. Participants will be asked five questions regarding potential compliance violations presented within the sample set. (25 points)
  3. Sensory Evaluation Practicum - 40 points
    1. Triangle Tests- Four different triangle tests will be conducted. Participants are expected to identify the different samples through flavor, aroma, visual cues and/or textural differences. Each test is worth 5 points. (20 points)
    2. Aromas- Each participant will be asked to identify ten different aromas from vials provided at each station and record the answer on the sheet provided. A list of potential aromas will be provided to each person. Each sample is worth 2 points. (20 points)
      Aromas
      Cinnamon Grape Chocolate
      Garlic Maple Peppermint
      Oregano Clove Basil
      Nutmeg Lemon Ginger
      Lime Molasses Orange
      Wintergreen Vanilla Banana
      Smoke (liquid) Coconut Cherry
      Lilac Pine Rasberry
      Onion Strawberry Butter
      Licorice (anise) Menthol

Food Safety/Sanitation Team Activity (100 points possible per team)

Each participant will be given situations (e.g., photos, videos, written scenarios, live demonstrations, or a combination). A numbered list of problems will be provided at the beginning of this practicum segment. The list will contain concepts such as good manufacturing practices (GMP), sanitation, food handling/storage, and other pre-requisite programs. The team will work together to evaluate the situation and complete a safety/sanitation report evaluation which will include observations, degree of concern, recommendations/corrective actions. Students will be evaluated on teamwork as well as their safety/sanitation report.

Team Product Development (400 Points)

  1. Each team will receive a product development scenario describing the need for a new or redesigned product that appeals to a potential market segment. The team’s task will be to design a new food product or reformulate an existing product based on information contained within the product development scenario.
  2. The team will be responsible for understanding and using the following concepts:
    1. Formulation of product to meet specified requirements.
    2. Package design and labeling requirements to reflect the developed product.
    3. Nutritional fact development.
    4. Production and packaging equipment.
    5. Quality control and safety programs, i.e., good manufacturing practices (GMP) and hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP).
    6. Formulation and costing (ingredient, packaging, etc.).
    7. Current food trends.
    8. Market segments.
  3. Each team will be provided with packaging materials, ingredients and necessary ingredient information in order to develop a food product, easel sheet, and sharpies.
  4. The team will have 60 minutes to respond to the product development scenario and reformulate or develop a product, calculate a nutritional label, develop the ingredient statement and information panel and develop the front or principal display panel to reflect the new product.
  5. After this time period, each team member will contribute to a ten-minute oral presentation delivered to a panel of judges. No electronic media will be used in the presentation.
  6. Following the presentation there will be a ten minute question and answer period with the judges in which each team member is expected to contribute. All materials will be collected after the presentation.
  7. Total time involved for each team will be 80 minutes. Total number of points possible for this activity will be 400 points.
  8. Product development scenarios will describe a category, platform and market. These may include but are not limited to the following categories, platforms and markets listed below:
    1. Categories
      1. Cereal
      2. Snacks
      3. Meals
      4. Side dishes
      5. Beverages
      6. Supplements
      7. Condiments
      8. Desserts
    2. Platform
      1. Frozen
      2. Refrigerated
      3. Shelf-stable
      4. Convenience
      5. Ready to eat
      6. Heat and Serve
    3. Market (domestic and international)
      1. Retail
      2. Wholesale
      3. Foodservice
      4. Convenience store
  9. Example of scenario product from past events:
    1. Ready to eat breakfast cereal for retail
    2. Refrigerated frozen cookie dough for wholesale
    3. Yogurt parfait for convenience store
    4. Refrigerated, heat and serve pizza for retail
    5. Shelf-stable, dried fruit snack mix for retail
  10. Evaluation criteria and points for team activity can be found on the team product development project scorecard at the end of this chapter.

2022 Product: Energy Drink

Scoring

Activities Individual Points Team Points
Team Product Development Project - 400
Team Food Safety/Sanitation - 100
Math/Problem Solving 25 100
Food Safety and Quality 50 200
Sensory Evaluation 40 160
Written Exam 150 600
Maximum Points 265 1,560
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Tiebreakers

  1. Team – In case if teams have the same total points in the overall team placing, the tie will be broken by the highest team product development project score. If this score does not break the tie, then the highest number of total points earned from the objective test (adding all four team member scores) will break the tie. If a third tiebreaker is needed, the total points earned but the team in the food safety and quality practicum will be used.
  2. Individual - To identify the high individual for this event in case of a tie, the highest objective test score will be used as the first tiebreaker, followed by the highest food safety and quality practicum score as the second tiebreaker. If a third tiebreaker is needed, one sensory evaluation score will be used.

References

This list of references is not intended to be all-inclusive. Other sources may be utilized, and teachers are encouraged to make use of the very best instructional materials available. The following list contains references that may prove helpful during event preparation:

Supplemental Materials and Forms

Product Development Presentation Scorecard

Food Safety Sanitation Report Form

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Team Activity Preparation Rubric

Customer Inquiry Rubric

FAQs

Does Oklahoma State University have a culinary program? ›

OSUIT Workforce & Economic Development offers culinary training designed as non-credit, certificate, or short-term intensive courses of study.

What does a food scientist do? ›

Food scientists and technologists use chemistry, biology, and other sciences to study the basic elements of food. They analyze the nutritional content of food, discover new food sources, and research ways to make processed foods safe and healthy.

Why study food science? ›

Studying a food science and nutrition degree will see you test and discover new foodie concoctions, improve on existing inventions and challenge your thinking around food education, food resourcing and more. You may even find yourself being part of a team that discovers or creates something revolutionary.

What is the study of food called? ›

Food science is the study of the physical, biological (including microbiological) and chemical makeup of food.

What major is OSU known for? ›

The most popular majors at The Ohio State University include: Finance, General; Psychology, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Computer Engineering, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other; Accounting; ...

What majors is Oklahoma State University known for? ›

Most Popular Majors
  • Business. 401 Graduates.
  • Marketing. 276 Graduates.
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities. 265 Graduates.
  • Mechanical Engineering. 254 Graduates.
  • Animal Sciences and Husbandry. 217 Graduates.
  • Finance. 189 Graduates.
  • Accounting. 176 Graduates.
  • 168 Graduates.

How much do food technologists earn? ›

Food Technologist - Pay by Experience Level

A mid career Food Technologist with 4-9 years of experience earns an average salary of R 16 000, while a Senior Food Technologist with 10-20 years of experience makes on average R 27 000. Food Technologists with more than 20 years of experience may earn more than R 35 000.

Is food science a good career? ›

You aren't limited to lab work or a desk job. There is something for everyone, whether it be in quality, R&D, sales, marketing, manufacturing, teaching or in government. The food science degree is inherently multidisciplinary, which opens up a myriad of opportunities.

Is food science stressful? ›

Depending on the profession, food science can be hard. If you're in the factory, it can be very challenging. What I've noticed to be the most important is company culture. Because in the food industry, you have to work with so many groups, you are dependent entirely on external factors.

Which is better food engineering or food technology? ›

Basically the main difference is that the Food engineering concentrates on unit operation of food manufacturing, design and development of process and machineries for mass manufacturing, whereas food technology is the apex stream which covers all aspects of food starting with the physics, chemistry, biology of food ...

What are the 4 main topics of food science? ›

Food safety and microbiology. Food engineering. Food processing technologies. Product development.

Which job is best in food science? ›

What Can You Do With a Food Science Degree?
  • Food scientist/technologist. ...
  • Nutritional therapist. ...
  • Quality assurance manager. ...
  • Chef. ...
  • Marketing manager. ...
  • Procurement/purchasing manager. ...
  • Toxicologist.

Can a food scientist work in a hospital? ›

Food scientists mostly secure employment from food production companies. However, some work with government agencies that manage and monitor food/agricultural products. Others are seen in food outlets, animal care units, agricultural research organization, and hospitals as nutritional therapists.

What are the 3 areas of food science? ›

The 5 fields of food science
  • Food Microbiology. Basically the study of how microorganisms interact with foods, food microbiology focuses on bacteria, molds, yeasts and viruses. ...
  • Food Engineering & Processing. ...
  • Food Chemistry & Biochemistry. ...
  • Nutrition. ...
  • Sensory Analysis.
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What is the most popular major at OSU? ›

The most popular majors at The Ohio State University include: Finance, General; Psychology, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Computer Engineering, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other; Accounting; ...

How prestigious is OSU? ›

The Academic Ranking of World Universities placed Ohio State 42–56 nationally and 101–150 globally for 2020. In its 2021 rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it tied for 80th in the world. In 2021 QS World University Rankings ranked the university 108th in the world.

What is the acceptance rate for Oklahoma State University? ›

What GPA is required for Oklahoma State? ›

3.0 GPA or better in 15-unit core AND 21 ACT/1060 SAT or better*, OR. 24 ACT/1160 SAT or better*

Is Oklahoma State University a Tier 1 university? ›

“That's why OSU is among the nation's top tier of research universities, according to the Carnegie classifications. But our Tier 1 Research Initiatives take our public mission to a higher level by coordinating across disciplines to tackle some of society's challenges head-on.”

Is OSU a good school? ›

Columbus, Ohio – Just weeks after The Ohio State University welcomed its most talented and diverse freshman class ever, U.S. News & World Report has named Ohio State the top public university in Ohio in it's annual “America's Best Colleges” rankings.

What jobs can you get with a food technology degree? ›

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
  • R&D Specialist in Various Food Manufacturing Industries.
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor.
  • Nutrition Scientist.
  • Nutrition Consultants.
  • Food Science/Technology Lecturer.
  • Food Product Developer.
  • Sectors and Industries Where You Can Work as a Food Scientist. Hospitals. Bakeries.

How long does it take to study food technology? ›

Minimum duration: Four years.

Is Food Technology hard to study? ›

Yes, i can say than an average student can study it very well,as many students find numericals tough during engineering and in btech in food tech. there are almost no numericals, so yes you can understand it well.

Where do food scientists make the most money? ›

Montana is the best state for jobs for food scientists, and Florida is the worst. The most common pay in Montana is $78,591, while the median pay in Florida is $48,785.
...
1. Montana.
Total Food Scientist Jobs:191
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$47,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$129,000
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Is a degree in food science worth it? ›

One of the best things about working in the food science field is that it provides a variety of different career paths that allow individuals to work in diverse environments on different projects that all revolve around creating and providing better food products to consumers.

Are food scientists happy? ›

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, food science technologists rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 36% of careers.

What are the 6 areas of food science? ›

Food technology is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe food. Related fields include analytical chemistry, biotechnology, engineering, nutrition, quality control, and food safety management.

Do food scientists work alone? ›

Food science techs work independently or provide technical support in laboratory analysis, food product development, processing, food microbiology, research or quality assurance, or regulatory positions.

Does food science require calculus? ›

FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Students take a combination of courses in basic and applied sciences. Required math and science courses include calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biology, physics, microbiology, and biochemistry.

Is food science a hard science? ›

We should respond with an assertive statement: Nutrition is a hard science. By just about any comparison, much of what is known about nutrition and the methods that have built that knowledge is as robust as classical physics, biochemistry and other basic sciences generally recognized as rigorous.

Is food science chemistry or biology? ›

While food science involves chemistry, biology, physics, biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition, and engineering, the major portion of a food science curriculum is chemistry.

Is there a demand for food technologists? ›

With the growing craze for health foods and people's desire to lead healthy lifestyles, food technologists have taken a front seat in the food industry.

Can I study food technology without maths? ›

Tech. (Food Science and Technology or Food Engineering or Dairy Technology or Agricultural and Food Engineering or Biotechnology) or M.Sc. (Food Science and Technology or Dairy Technology or Foods and Nutrition) or equivalent. So from above Mathematics is not necessary here.

Does food technology need maths? ›

No, Maths is not a compulsory subject to pursue BTech Food Technology course .

Who is a famous food scientist? ›

Louis Pasteur was a French microbiologist and chemist in the 1800s who made many huge advances in the world of medicine as well as food. After created the first vaccines for anthrax and rabies, he went on to develop a process for killing bacteria in food that we have been using ever since: pasteurization.

What is the future of food technology? ›

Impact of food tech

The global food tech market was worth $220.32 billion in 2019, according to Emergen Research, and is estimated to grow to $342.52 billion by 2027. Food tech is increasing food production to help reduce the rate of hunger and feed the world.

What is the difference between food science and food technology? ›

Food science is the science of food. Food scientists study the physical microbiological, and chemical makeup of food. Food technology is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe food.

What skills are needed to be a food scientist? ›

Food Scientists - Skills and Abilities
  • Understand spoken information.
  • Understand written information.
  • Read and understand work-related materials.
  • Listen to others and ask questions.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • Write clearly so other people can understand.

How many years does it take to be a food scientist? ›

Food Scientist Training

To get an entry-level food scientist job, you need a bachelor's degree in agricultural science with a concentration in food science. Earning your degree typically takes about four years. Basic courses include biology, botany, chemistry and principles of statistical analysis.

What do you need to be a food scientist? ›

Agricultural and food science technicians typically need an associate's degree in biology, chemistry, crop or animal science, or a related field. Some positions require candidates to have a bachelor's degree, and others a high school diploma or equivalent plus related work experience.

How can I become a food scientist? ›

Complete a Bachelor's Degree Program :- If one has an aim to become a food scientist, they at least need a bachelor's degree in an area such as food science, chemistry, microbiology, or a related field. The undergraduate programme in India is a 3-year B.Sc- Food Science and Technology program or a 4-year B. Tech.

Can a food scientist work in a hospital? ›

Food scientists mostly secure employment from food production companies. However, some work with government agencies that manage and monitor food/agricultural products. Others are seen in food outlets, animal care units, agricultural research organization, and hospitals as nutritional therapists.

Are food scientists happy? ›

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, food science technologists rate their career happiness 3.1 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 36% of careers.

What do food scientists wear? ›

Always work indoors. Often wear safety attire, such as gloves or lab coats. Occasionally are exposed to loud or distracting sounds and noise levels.

Which degree is best for food scientist? ›

A bachelor's degree in food science or a related academic discipline is the usual entry-level credential in the field of food science, though a graduate degree may expand career options, experts say.

Are food technologist in demand in US? ›

There is a huge demand for candidates with specialisation in food processing technology in organisations based in the U.S. and Europe. Students from India possessing the necessary skills can get attractive jobs in these countries.

Who is a famous food scientist? ›

Louis Pasteur was a French microbiologist and chemist in the 1800s who made many huge advances in the world of medicine as well as food. After created the first vaccines for anthrax and rabies, he went on to develop a process for killing bacteria in food that we have been using ever since: pasteurization.

Do food scientists travel? ›

Some amount of travel is usually required when working as a food scientist. While travel may be limited to the farms and production facilities in your home city, government scientists may need to travel nationally or internationally.

What can you do with a food science degree? ›

Job options
  • Food technologist.
  • Health and safety inspector.
  • Nutritional therapist.
  • Nutritionist.
  • Product/process development scientist.
  • Production manager.
  • Quality manager.
  • Regulatory affairs officer.

Can I be a food scientist with a biology degree? ›

The education needed to be a food scientist is normally a bachelor's degree. Food scientists usually study food science, biology or chemistry. 74% of food scientists hold a bachelor's degree and 17% hold a master's degree.

Which college is best for food technology? ›

List of Top Food Technology Colleges In India based on 2022...
  • IIT Kharagpur, Kharagpur. ...
  • Jadavpur University, Kolkata. ...
  • National Institute of Technology - [NIT], Rourkela. ...
  • Amity University, Noida. ...
  • AMU, Aligarh. ...
  • Kalasalingam University, Krishnankovil. ...
  • Karunya University, Coimbatore.

Can a food scientist work in a hotel? ›

Food technology is a vast industry and so are the career opportunities. Food technologists can have a bright career in hotels, quality control departments, food industries, packaging industries, hospitals, distilleries, soft drink factories and rice mills, etc.

What does a food scientist do on a daily basis? ›

Food scientists and technologists study the basic elements of food. They analyze nutritional content, discover food sources, and develop ways to make processed foods safe and nutritious. Many create new food products, and research ideas to preserve and package food.

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