Prof. Marilyn Erickson’s Legacy was Celebrated with a Retirement Reception

Last Thursday November 29, CFS and FST faculty and staff organized an enjoyable event to honor Dr. Erickson’s career at UGA. Dr. Erickson joined our faculty in 1987 and after 31 years of a highly productive research career, she is retiring at the end of 2018. Current and former colleagues who collaborated with Marilyn during her tenure also participated to celebrate her. More than 50 attendees came together in the Melton Building to honor Marilyn. Dr. Erickson is one of the CFS’ founding faculty who has contributed extensively to advance our understanding of pathogen ecology and survival in the fresh produce environment.

Prof. Xiangyu Deng recently co-authored a World Health Organization’s Landscape Paper entitled “Whole genome sequencing for foodborne disease surveillance.”

This document provides a good overview of the potential benefits and limitations of applying WGS in a global scale as well as it describes the barriers for its adoption in developing countries.

Read the publication

Recent Publications

Erickson, M.C., J-Y. Liao, A.S. Payton, P.W. Cook, H.C. Den Bakker, J. Bautista, and J.C. Diaz-Perez. 2018.  Fate of enteric pathogens in different spinach cultivars cultivated in growth chamber and field systems.  Food Quality and Safety 2:221-228.

Erickson MC, Liao JY, Payton AS, Cook PW, Bautista J, Díaz-Pérez JC.  2018.  Disposition of Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7 following spraying of contaminated water on cucumber fruit and flowers in the field. J Food Prot. 81:2074-2081.urtler JB, Doyle MP, Erickson MC, Jiang X, Millner P, Sharma M. 2018. Composting To Inactivate Foodborne Pathogens for Crop Soil Application: A Review. J Food Prot. 15:1821-1837

Ji H, Kim H, Beuchat LR, Ryu JH. 2018. Synergistic antimicrobial activities of essential oil vapours against Penicillium corylophilum on a laboratory medium and beef jerky. Int J Food Microbiol. 291:104-110.

Hyeon JY, Mann DA, Townsend AM, Deng X. 2018. Quasi-metagenomic analysis of Salmonella from food and environmental samples. J Vis Exp. doi: 10.3791/58612.




Atlanta Journal & Constitution aritcle "Why news about food safety is better than you might think"  with an interview with Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, professor and director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia.

Local News Interview on the salmonella in dry foods issue with Dr. Henk Den Bakker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia's Center Food Safety.

sixth annual CDC holiday food safety Twitter chat

CDC Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat


CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases will host the sixth annual CDC holiday food safety Twitter chat on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

CFS Hosts the Visit of Officials from Kunshan, China

CFS Hosts the Visit of Officials from Kunshan, China

On November 21, officials from the Kunshan Municipality visited our Center as part of their tour to different institutions in Georgia and the U. S. A. Prof. Francisco Diez and Prof. Yen-con Hung hosted the visitors and provided the highlights of CFS programs and mission. Visitors included: Li Weng, Vice Mayor, Kunshan Municipality; Ying Zhongwei, Kunshan Administration for Market Regulation; Yan An, Kunshan Daily Newspaper; and Zhang Limin, Vice Mayor, Lujia Town. The goal of the visit was to learn about CFS’ model for possible development of a similar Food Safety institution in their city.


Francisco Diez-Gonzalez Director and Professor
Center for Food Safety
Center for Food Safety
Melton Building
350 Woodroof drive
Griffin, Ga. 30223