Center for Antimicrobial Research & Food Safety (CARFS)

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About CARFS

Established : 1998

Affiliation : College of Agriculture

Director : Dr. Shelton Murinda, Associate Professor

Purpose

Research involving microbial foodborne pathogens of public health and economic significance with an emphasis on pathogens associated with muscle foods (meat and meat products). Research focuses on isolation, identification and characterization of pathogens using conventional and molecular-based methods (genetic fingerprinting) and development of on-farm and processing-plant based interventions. Emergence of new foodborne pathogens, increased consumer awareness and federal recommendations on food safety/public health issues redefine the rules of microbial pathogen quality control in the food industry. CARFS (formerly Center for Antimicrobial Research, CAR) was established to meet these corporate demands. The Center’s on-farm food safety goals will be linked to regional/Homeland Security efforts. Future research will also target discovery and application of natural antimicrobial agents.

Support

Gifts in-kind, and grants, as well as space and utilities on campus. Future plans include extramural funding and short courses that target farmers and the meat industry.

Center for Antimicrobial Research and Food Safety

Center for Antimicrobial Research and Food Safety