ERRC Research Honored as ACS National Historic Chemical
April 18, 2007
WYNDMOOR, Pa., April
18Technology developed over more than half a century of research by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC)
here was recognized today as a
Chemical Landmark for development of key technologies over more than half a
century of research.
The landmark status was conferred by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific
society. In 1992, ACS founded the Landmarks Program to recognize important
milestones in the field of chemistry research. ERRC is part of the Agricultural
Research Service (ARS), USDA's chief
intramural scientific research agency.
A ceremony at the ERRC today commemorated the landmark designation and
celebrated the center's scientific contributions leading to the development of
novel dehydration techniques, such as the potato flake and explosion puffing
"This is a gratifying and well-deserved honor for the ERRC scientists
who have contributed to many significant research findings here since ERRC was
established in the early 1940s," said
Buchanan, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.
These discoveries and the technologies arising from them have made possible
convenience foods such as instant mashed potatoes and crispy potato snacks,
products that are familiar to consumers worldwide. These ERRC achievements in
food chemistry have improved the overall value of the U.S. potato crop and
expanded the utilization of numerous other agricultural commodities.
The ceremony included a dedication of the modernized
chemical/microbiological food safety wing and a tribute to the center's ongoing
scientific achievements. Guided tours were also conducted.
"We appreciate this wonderful opportunity to showcase how our
scientists' research has benefited the public," said Center Director
Cherry. "We've been fortunate to have many talented researchers
working here since the center opened, and their impactboth
technologically and economicallyhas been tremendous."