Aggregative Sampling for Powerful Preharvest Leafy Green Food Safety Testing

A three year project funded by: The overall objective of this project is to demonstrate and validate that aggregative swab sampling can be used for powerful preharvest leafy green food safety testing that will ultimately allow producers to better protect public health by identifying adulterating pathogens before they enter the food supply. More information can […]

When to use one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and Shifted Transversal Design pooling in mycotoxin screening

Abstract While complex sample pooling strategies have been developed for large-scale experiments with robotic liquid handling, many medium-scale experiments like mycotoxin screening by Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) are still conducted manually in 48- and 96-well plates. At this scale, the opportunity to save on reagent costs is offset by the increased costs of labor, materials, […]

Improving Microbial Food Safety Through Engineering and Statistical Approaches in Food Microbiology

A five-year project funded by USDA NIFA Hatch funds which represented a significant portion of my group’s startup funds. To support the long-term goal of developing a flexible applied food safety laboratory, Hatch funds will be used to support the following initial, discrete projects: More information can be found on the funder’s database.

Simulating Large-Number Bulk-Product Sampling to Improve Food Safety Sampling Plans

A two-year externally funded project by: This project will build a simulation model to solve the problem of how to best take many samples of bulk products for food safety testing. That way, industries can use that knowledge to create sampling plans, and sampling devices, for their products that achieve important food safety goals. The […]

A Review of the Methodology of Analyzing Aflatoxin and Fumonisin in Single Corn Kernels and the Potential Impacts of These Methods on Food Security

Abstract Current detection methods for contamination of aflatoxin and fumonisin used in the corn industry are based on bulk level. However, literature demonstrates that contamination of these mycotoxins is highly skewed and bulk samples do not always represent accurately the overall contamination in a batch of corn. Single kernel analysis can provide an insightful level […]

Persistent and sporadic Listeria monocytogenes strains do not differ when growing at 37°C, in planktonic state, under different food associated stresses or energy sources

Abstract Background The foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes causes the potentially lethal disease listeriosis. Within food-associated environments, L. monocytogenes can persist for long periods and increase the risk of contamination by continued presence in processing facilities or other food-associated environments. Most research on phenotyping of persistent L. monocytogenes’ has explored biofilm formation and sanitizer resistance, with less data examining persistent L. monocytogenes’ […]