Food and nutrition experts, registered dietitians, educators and professional chefs from across the country will meet in St. Louis from Oct. 20 to 23 for the American Dietetic Association's 2001 Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition (FNCE). At the conference, the American Dietetic Association and the ConAgra Foods Foundation will showcase Home Food Safety...It's in Your Hands(R), a national consumer education program that complements government-sponsored food safety initiatives to combat food-handling violations in the home. "Many people rely on looks, smell and taste to detect food spoilage, but it's important to keep in mind that food may spoil long before these signs appear," said Carolyn O'Neil, registered dietitian and national spokesperson for the ADA/ConAgra Foods Home Food Safety program. "Something as simple as refrigerating foods promptly below 40 degrees can help reduce foodborne illness."Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that foodborne illness causes approximately 325,000 hospitalisations each year in the United States.