Testing the potential of distilling as an alternative use for DON-contaminated wheat

A five month project funded by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE): The goal of this project is to provide guidance to farmers, millers, and distillers about whether and at what levels DON contaminated grain can be safely used in distillation, thus impacting farmer, miller, and distiller decision-making in selling and using these grains. We […]

Flexible risk process models can be used to quantify residual risks and the impact of interventions on residual risks

A project funded by Center for Produce Safety (CPS). Renewable for up to three years. The produce industry needs a model to (i) identify the most important risks in a supply chain and (ii) identify which practices and control strategies appropriately reduce risks of contamination events that could lead to product recalls and illness outbreaks. […]

Testing for Enterococcus faceium reduction during corn wet milling dry product production

A 10-week project funded by CRA Corn Refiners Association: The hypothesis tested in this project is that pilot-scale adaptations of industrially relevant unit operations of steeping, peroxide treatment, and drying, reduce counts of the indicator organism Enterococcus faecium in inoculated challenge studies. The specific objectives to test this hypothesis are:

Microplasma-based Far-UVC light decontamination approaches for improving the safety of ready-to-eat meat products

Our group will collaborate with PI (Yi-Cheng Wang) on a two-year project funded by USDA NIFA The long-term goal of this project is to develop a revolutionary, yet inexpensive and easy-to-use, decontamination technique, whereby retailers and other stakeholders can readily minimize cross-contamination and improve food safety. This will ultimately benefit the American people by increasing […]

Simulating Powdered Product Sampling to Improve Food Safety Sampling Plans

A 1-year and 3 month project funded by IAFNS: The overall objective of this project is to build a simulation for powdered product testing. This work would provide not just comprehensive guidance on generic powder plans, but a tool for industry to assess their specific concerns when working to improve their food safety testing plans. […]

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 […]