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Purdue leading $10 million effort to address global food safety

Purdue University will be building a new lab to increase food safety around the world.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 11:31 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University will be building a new lab to increase food safety around the world. According to Purdue, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded nearly $10 million to Purdue to establish the first-ever Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety (FSIL). Purdue will also have the opportunity to receive another $20 million from USAID for research into specific countries and their needs.

Haley Oliver, an associate professor of food science, will direct the lab in collaboration with Cornell University. Scientists will develop programs to improve food safety in Bangladesh, Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal and Cambodia.

“Food safety is a vitally important issue to a growing global population. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety aligns with our college’s mission to address issues surrounding global food security, delivering research that directly impacts the lives of people around the world,” said Karen Plaut, Purdue’s Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture.

The Food Safety Innovation Lab will focus on:

  • improving awareness of the need for food safety measures
  • supporting local research on food safety issues
  • building policy and engagement efforts to disseminate information about food safety research
  • developing best practices that can be used by households, communities and commercial stakeholders

From Purdue, the lab includes Oliver as director; Paul Ebner, a professor of animal sciences; Jacob Ricker-Gilbert, an associate professor of agricultural economics; Amanda Deering, a clinical assistant professor of food science; Hui-Hui Wang, an assistant professor of agricultural sciences, education and communication; and Gerald Shively, associate dean and director of international programs.

Cornell’s Randy Worobo, a professor of food science, will be the lab’s associate director. Cornell’s Martin Wiedmann, a professor of food science, and Kathryn Boor, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will be on the lab team.

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