A Texas Tech professor has been tapped by the Secretary of Agriculture to join a national committee on microbial criteria of food, and will make expert recommendations on how to improve national food safety.
Dr. Guy Loneragan, a Texas Tech-based epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health in the university’s department of animal and food science, will join the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. his role will be to provide topical information to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services on new studies and best practices related to microbials in food, as well as how to mitigate food contamination and improve overall safety and quality.
Lubbock Online reports:
The committee provides impartial scientific advice to federal agencies to use in developing integrated food safety systems from farm to table and to ensure food safety in domestic and imported foods. This advice is used by the agencies to develop science-based policy that will improve the safety of food U.S. consumers buy and feed to their families.
Texas’ national impact on biotech and the life sciences continues to grow, with an increasing number of Texas biotech researchers and professors being named to Federal agencies and worldwide organizations. Dr. Loneragan’s appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods is one in a long line of recent high-profile national appointments and awards given to researchers and scientists from Texas research institutions.