CFS News Archives

High Levels Of Bacterial Contamination Found In Salads In Lebanon

Dr. Issmat Kassem, a microbiologist and certified professional in food safety, shared a scientific report showing the levels of bacterial contamination in certain foods as part of a series of studies related to food safety in Lebanon.

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Evidence of study suggests source of pandemic foodborne illness

Researchers at the University of Georgia have provided multifaceted evidence to suggest the likely origins behind the global spread of Salmonella Enteritidis, which has caused recurring outbreaks of the foodborne pandemic linked to poultry products. 

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CFS Professor Emeritus Larry Beuchat recognized as IAFP Milestone Member

IAFP's Milestone Member recognition of 50+ years continues with Dr. Larry Beuchat. Dr. Beuchat is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia in Griffin. 

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Severe Level Of E. Coli Contamination Found In Lebanese Cheese

Dr. Issmat Kassem, a microbiologist and a certified professional in food safety, shared a scientific study showing the levels of E. coli contamination in the Akkawi cheese sold in Beirut, Lebanon.

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Prevalence of Cyclospora in water and produce studied

Ynés Ortega, Ph.D., with the University of Georgia, is leading a research project that will identify potential sources of the protozoan pathogen, Cyclospora cayetanensis.

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Also published in Produce Processing and Food Safety News
 

CFS well-represented at IAFP

Nearly thirty representatives of the Center for Food Safety (CFS) made up of faculty, staff, students, board of advisors and patron members participated in this year’s event.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in cattle

Harmful bacteria are hiding in livestock; traditional methods aren’t finding them.

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World Food Safety Day is celebrated annually on June 7. Established in 2018 through a U.N. General Assembly resolution, the day seeks to bring awareness to foodborne risks and “to celebrate the myriad benefits of safe food,” according to the U.N.

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UGA plays pivotal role in food safety

World Food Safety Day is celebrated annually on June 7. Established in 2018 through a U.N. General Assembly resolution, the day seeks to bring awareness to foodborne risks and “to celebrate the myriad benefits of safe food,” according to the U.N.

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Modeling to project trends of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is using a tool to help project what might happen in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in coming months. Called modeling, the tool does not seek to determine what will happen in the future. Instead, it is designed to help decision makers plan for what might happen based on current trends. 

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Where Are They Now: Megan Davis

In 2003, Megan Davis graduated from University of Georgia Center for Food Safety (CFS) with her master’s degree in food science and technology. Since that time, she has become involved in public health and played an important role in South Carolina’s efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic. 

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CFS student presents at 3-A SSI Virtual Education Program 

Lordwige Atis, a graduate research assistant at University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) has been selected as a Student Participation Award winner for 3-A Sanitary Standards Inc. (3-A SSI) Virtual Education Program 2021.

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CFS hosts exchange session for industry members

In April, University of Georgia Center for Food Safety (CFS) held an exchange session for its board of advisors and patron members. During the forum, food safety leaders and industry members gathered to discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its continuing impact on the food industry.

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CFS student presents at AOAC

University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) graduate student Ikechukwu Oguadinma, or Ike as he is better known, presented at AOAC International’s Midyear Meeting which was held this March. 

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CFS student receives scholarship

Center for Food Safety master’s student Kaylan Hayman has been awarded the Dr. Manjeet S. Chinnan Graduate Student Support Scholarship.

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2021 Classified Employee of the Year Ceremony held

Meghan den Bakker was nominated for the 2021 Classified Employee of the Year. The award is given to support personnel who have made a significant impact on the programs at UGA Griffin. This photo is from the awards ceremony held on April 7, 2021.  

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CFS welcomes new dean

On, Wednesday, March 31, the new Dean and Director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Nick Place, visited the Center for Food Safety (CFS) to tour the facilities and learn about its operations.

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CFS Annual Meeting continues for 28th year

The University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) held its Annual Meeting in early March. This invitation-only event provides CFS members and scientists from other organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FDA, USDA and others to summarize the latest information on food safety research.

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Hur named scholarship recipient

Minji Hur has been named the recipient of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science (CAES) Student Scholarship.

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New technology reveals hidden Salmonella

...University of Georgia researcher Nikki Shariat believes traditional Salmonella surveillance methods have been missing the big picture. 
 
 

CFS faculty and staff receive awards, nomination

Members of the Center for Food Safety at UGA Griffin have recently been recognized for their service culminating in four awards and one nomination. 

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Where Are They Now: Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith was a master’s student at the University of Georgia’s Food Science Graduate Program and conducted his research at the Center for Food Safety (CFS) between 2018 and 2020. Since graduating last spring, Smith obtained a position as a quality and process control supervisor for Hormel and began work in its Rochelle, Illinois facility in July of 2020. 

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UGA's Center for Food Safety partners with industry and government agencies to keep your food secure

Contaminated food products make tens of millions of people sick each year, result in thousands of hospitalizations, and cause more than 1,300 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And that’s just in the U.S.

It’s the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety’s mission to prevent those outbreaks before they happen.

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Fighting COVID-19 - CAES faculty apply expertise to pandemic response

Since the COVID-19 crisis emerged in the U.S., researchers and faculty at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have worked quickly to contribute to the knowledge base around the novel coronavirus, launching and participating in a number of studies aimed at prevention and control of its spread.

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UGA scientist is tracking ‘hitchhiker’ genes

University of Georgia food scientist Issmat Kassem is tracking mobile colistin-resistance (MCR) genes, which were originally found in China in 2016, and how they spread through travel and food trade. 

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David Mann elected CFS' Employee of the Year

David Mann has been named the CFS Employee of the Year. Mann began his employment with University of Georgia in 2001 as a part-time laboratory assistant. After 16 years working as a full-time staff member, he currently serves as a research professional II. 

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CFS director joins delegation in Thailand

CFS Director Dr. Francisco Diez joined a delegation of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences led by Dean Sam Pardue and Amrit Bart, Assistant Dean of Global Programs to visit Khon Kaen University in Thailand and participate in a two-day symposium titled “Food Safety: Production, Health and Market.”
 

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CFS director featured in viral video

With more than 1M views on Adam Ragusea’s YouTube channel, his video interview entitled “Why Rare Steak is Safe — but NOT Rare Chicken” with Prof. Diez proves to be a great media for learning food safety.

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Key CFS members collaborate on new textbook

CFS Founding Director Mike Doyle and Francisco Diez collaborated with Prof. Colin Hill from University College Cork in Ireland as co-editors of the thoroughly updated edition of this landmark textbook.

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CFS director featured in video on food safety during COVID-19

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is food safe? Groceries? Take-out food? Delivery? Drive-through? All your coronavirus food safety questions are answered by Dr. Angela Shaw of Iowa State University and Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez of the University of Georgia.

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