NSF International to educate youth about how careers in science improve public health

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March 20, 2014 -- On March 23-27, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) will host its 53rd annual meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz., where scientists from NSF International -- a global public health and safety organization -- will demonstrate how careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can improve public health.

Several toxicology experts from NSF International -- a silver sponsor -- will be among the 6,500 scientists attending the event and will highlight advances in toxicology research, public health and environmental protection. Further, topics related to K-12 educational outreach will include careers in STEM, personal care product safety and hand washing utilizing the company's ScrubClub.org, an educational website now featured on SOT's website. NSF toxicology experts will also discuss dietary supplement and drinking water safety.

NSF International's scientists test and certify a wide range of products including kitchen appliances, water filters, medical devices, and cosmetics. NSF's Ann Arbor headquarters houses innovative custom labs, including the world's largest drinking water treatment lab and NSF's Applied Research Center, which conducts R&D projects geared to furthering public health in water safety, food safety, pharma, sustainability, and consumer goods.

A special SOT workshop session hosted by NSF International's Applied Research Center on Wednesday, March 26, titled "Dietary Ingredient Safety Determinations - Third Party Organization and Regulatory Perspectives," will discuss the latest research on dietary supplements including harmful adulterants such as DMAA and DEPEA and the importance of independent testing and certification.

Additional NSF International technical sessions include a workshop on using newer technologies and testing strategies to improve the assessment of chemical-induced liver injury and three poster presentations highlighting drinking water safety with the determination of acceptable exposure levels for the contaminants: o-phenylphenol (OPP), N-nitrosomorpholine and hydroquinone.

See also:

"NSF International celebrates 65 years of protecting, improving human health"

"Five certifiers seek to strengthen drinking water standards for unregulated chemicals"

About NSF International

NSF International is an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. For more information, visit www.nsf.com.

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