Dr. Vivian C.H. Wu, Research Leader, Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit, USDA-ARS Western Regional Research Center
Overview of the USDA Food Safety Research at Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit
The Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit conducts fundamental and applied research to improve the safety of the nation’s food supply. Molecular, biochemical, and analytical research approaches are used in understanding interactions between pathogenic bacteria and fresh produce and in developing novel interventions to remove or minimize contamination by these pathogenic microorganisms in foods. Genomic and proteomic methods are employed for detection, identification, and fingerprinting of multiple foodborne pathogens, and to assist in investigations and source-tracking studies of fresh produce production environments and associated risk factors. This talk will provide an overview of the current food safety projects at the Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit and discuss how the research promote increased options to enhance food safety by producers and a safer food supply for the consumer.
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