The Center for Food Safety (CFS) was established in April 1993 with a mission of maintaining and improving the safety of foods through the development of methods that detect, control, or eliminate pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins.  CFS is located within the Melton Building on the Griffin Campus.

CFS is associated with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at University of Georgia. Its headquarters are on the Griffin Campus, an off-campus facility located 35 miles south of the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. Its state-of-the-art facilities enables faculty to conduct cutting-edge research in food safety that benefits both the food industry and the consumer. Through its programs, strong collaborative ties have been developed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the USDA Russell Research Center, and other research groups on the Athens campus of University of Georgia. The Center also works closely with the food industry who contribute to our research programs through their Center membership either as Board of Advisor or patron members. A list of current food industry members is found on our Industry page.

Research findings are communicated through scientific publications, a newsletter, this website, and an annual meeting. To learn more about specific research directions, visit our Faculty or Research web pages. To visit us, directions may be found on the Griffin Campus website.

Recent Publications    

Dev Kumar G, Mishra A, Dunn L, Townsend A, Oguadinma IC, Bright KR, Gerba CP. 2020. Biocides and novel antimicrobial agents for the mitigation of coronaviruses. Frontiers Microbiol.

Forghani F, Li S, Zhang S, Mann DA, Deng X, den Bakker HC, Diez-Gonzalez F. 2020. Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli in wheat flour: detection and serotyping by a quasimetagenomic approach assisted by magnetic capture, multiple-displacement amplification, and real-time sequencing. Appl Environ Microbiol. 86(13):e00097-20. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00097-20.

Hassan J, Kassem II. 2020. Audacious Hitchhikers: The role of travel and the international food trade in the global dissemination of mobile colistin-resistance (mcr) genes. Antibiotics 9, 370;

Hwang D, Rothrock Jr MJ, Pang H, Kumar GD, Mishra A. 2020. Farm management practices that affect the prevalence of Salmonella in pastured poultry farms. LWT, 109423.

Sourenian T, Mann D, Li S, Deng X, Jaafar H, Kassem II. 2020.Dissemination of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli harboring the mobile colistin resistance gene mcr-1.1 on transmissible plasmids in the Mediterranean Sea. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 22:84-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2020.05.007

Xu F, Ge C, Luo H, Li S, Wiedmann M, Deng X, Zhang G, Stevenson A, Baker RC, Tang S. 2020. Evaluation of real-time nanopore sequencing for Salmonella serotype prediction. Food Microbiol. 89:103452


Center for Food Safety Director

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

CFS has over 30 industry partners that contribute to collaborative research that leads to a safer, better equipped food supply. Members include: 

Congra Brands