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:

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. […]

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 […]