Food Safety Lab

Food Safety Lab group members

Welcome

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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IDFA Recognizes Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension Team for Food Safety Leadership

(Washington, D.C. – February 6, 2017) The Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team received the International Dairy Foods Association’s inaugural Food Safety Leadership Award at Dairy Forum 2017 last week in Orlando, Fla. The award honors an individual, group or organization for demonstrating outstanding leadership directed at enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry. Read more

Newly discovered bacterium named for Martin Wiedmann

 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

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

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