The Committee on Food Microbiology is committed to proactively improving the understanding and control of microbial food safety hazards to enable scientifically informed decision making.
The committee achieves its mission through supporting sound science, sponsoring breakthrough research and fostering collaboration with academia, government, and industry.
How are research priorities identified?
In advance of setting priorities for each new research cycle, the committee and its scientific advisors hold a research roundtable with representatives of the following federal and international agencies: the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the US Food and Drug Administration/Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (FDA/CFSAN); the US Food and Drug Administration/Office of Food and Veterinary Medicine and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the USDA, European Food Safety Authority and Health Canada. The objective of these roundtable discussions is to identify emerging food microbiology research needs considered critical to public health.
Research Grant Cycles
General Mills, Inc.
Kraft Heinz Company
National Dairy Council
Kathleen Glass, PhD, University of Wisconsin
Bradley Marks, PhD, Michigan State University
Kristina Barlow, MS, US Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
Heather Carleton, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
J. Mark Carter, PhD, US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Julie Kase, PhD, US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Ref. Strain Collection
Established in 2001 for Listeria monocytogenes isolates and housed at Cornell University, the Reference Strain Collection was expanded in 2006 to include the strain set and subtyping data that emerged from the committee’s Enterobacter (now Cronobacter) sakazakii. In 2008, the strain collection was expanded again to include the strains set of Salmonella resulting from the Salmonella low-moisture projects. Isolates from the collection are distributed for a minimal charge to researchers around the world. This unique resource provides investigators with a standard set of isolates that improves comparison of study data. The Committee on Food Microbiology continues to support the expansion of the strain collection to include Salmonella isolates. Access the collection at Cornell University.
Projects Supported by the Committee:
Study found that L. monocytogenes survives for at least 1 year on dried strawberries and raisins stored at 4°C but could not be recovered from artificially contaminated dried apples.
Hurricane Florence floodwaters were sampled for pathogens from agriculture-dense eastern North Carolina. The survey yielded little Campylobacter but the same methods found Arcobacter butzleri in 73.5% of samples, signaling that more surveillance of environmental waters and food animal production systems may be warranted.
A study of the inactivation of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes on model low moisture foods.
Read more about Inactivation of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes on Dried Fruit, Pistachio Nuts, Cornflakes and Chocolate Crumb Using a Peracetic Acid-Ethanol Based Sanitizer or Advanced Oxidation Process
This study contributes to our understanding of L. monocytogenes in nuts and impacts of aw on the development of thermal resistance in low-moisture foods.
Each year, the International Association for Food Protection hosts an Annual Meeting, providing attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues, the latest science, innovative solutions to new and recurring problems, and the opportunity to network with thousands of food safety professionals from around the globe. IAFNS is supporting four sessions at the 2020 IAFP Annual Meeting.
IAFNS is supporting three sessions, a roundtable event and three posters at the 2019 International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting.
Since 2005, IAFP’s European symposium has been shaping the future of food safety by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas with colleagues from across Europe working in industry, government, and academia. The Symposium is an excellent forum to gain knowledge about the latest developments and techniques in food science and safety.
IUFoST-World Congress of Food Science and Technology 2018: “25 Billion Meals a Day by 2025 with Healthy, Nutritious, Safe and Diverse Foods.”
2018 International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting