Food Safety Lab

Food Safety Lab group members


The Food Safety Laboratory and Milk Quality Improvement Program represent a combined group that is led by Professors Kathryn Boor and Martin Wiedmann in the Department of Food Science. This group is united by a common mission:

Program Vision: 

Moving the world toward safer, more wholesome food

Program Mission:

Through innovative research, education and outreach, improve the microbial safety and quality of the global food supply

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Newly discovered bacterium named for Martin Wiedmann

Aug 19, 2016
 A recently discovered spoilage bacterium has been named for Martin Wiedmann, the Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety. The microbe was formally announced Aug. 12 in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. Read more

Bacteria's own genome becomes food safety tool

Aug 9, 2016
Bacillus cereus – a common food bacterium – can no longer hide. The food industry has a new tool for identifying specific isolates behind foodborne illness that utilizes the bacteria’s own genomes.  “Examining the whole genome of the B. cereus group is a more reliable tool for identifying risks associated with the presence of these bacteria in our food,” said lead author Jasna Kovac, postdoctoral researcher at Cornell’s Food Safety Laboratory and Milk Quality Improvement Program
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Got milk? Keep it away from LED lights

Jun 24, 2016
As great as it may be for you, there are plenty of things milk just doesn’t really go with. Cereal? Awesome. Fish? Probably not. And now, you can add LED lights to milk’s hit list. According to researchers from Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, exposing milk to LED lights “for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of milk more so than the microbial content that naturally accumulates over time.”  Read more

Cornell joins call to up fed investment in agricultural research

Jun 14, 2016
Thirteen prominent research institutions in the United States joined the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science.  “Unlike the United States, China doubled its agricultural research and development funding investment between 2001 and 2008, resulting in an investment equivalent to $4 billion and a transformation of their economy,” said Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. 
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