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Food safety professor appointed to national advisory committee

Randy PhebusRandall Phebus, professor of food science in the animal sciences and industry department and the Food Science Institute, has been appointed to the national Committee on Agricultural and Food Microbiology, a component of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board of the American Society for Microbiology.  See full story. 
Christine Bruhn

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Bruhn, who has been appointed to receive the Honorary Life Membership in the International Association for Food Protection. She will be recognized at the annual IAFP meeting in Portland this summer for her dedication to the ideals and service of the Association. Well done, Christine, on this high achievement!

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The International Association for Food Protection recently announced Tyson Foods, Inc. as the recipient of the Black Pear Award, which is an honor that recognizes the company's innovations and efforts in its food safety processes. Tyson, a member of the STEC CAP Stakeholder Advisory Board, will be recognized at the annual IAFP meeting in Portland this summer.

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The STEC CAP would like to recognize and congratulate Amanda Wilder, graduate student in Food Science focusing on food safety. Amanda was recently announced a 2015 recipient of a $1500 United Dairymen of Idaho Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded through the Idaho FFA Foundation Scholarship Program. Amanda is a native of Meridan, Idaho and comes from six generations of livestock producers and agriculturalists. Her family raises sheep and Amanda has been heavily involved in 4-H and FFA throughout high school and college, once serving as Vice President for the Idaho state FFA program. Currently, she is pursuing her M.S. degree focusing on controlling Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in beef through application of antimicrobial interventions during processing, under the advisement of Dr. Phebus, as part of the USDA-AFRI funded STEC CAP grant.

Stephen G. Campano Phi Tau Sigma Award

Congratulations to Stephen G. Campano, M.S. for receiving the Phi Tau Sigma Special Recognition Award! Steve is a member of the STEC CAP Stakeholder Advisory Board, as well as a Lifetime Member of the Phi Tau Sigma Honor Society. To read more about Steve's accomplishments with PTS, click and download the PTS Newsletter.

STEC in the News

University of Nebraska food safety specialist Harsha Thippareddi talks about significant advances that have been made so far in contending with Shiga toxin-producing e-coli bacteria at the beef packer level, including efforts to assist smaller-scale, local locker plants in implementing technology to eliminate e-coli. Hear the radio ad here. 

Full funding of Agriculture and Food Research initiative essential

The Pegasus Press by Mississippi State University Extension Service features Dr. David Smith for his work with the CVM Beef Program

Researchers Improve E. Coli Detection

Governor's Conference on Ensuring Food Safety

Texas Researchers give E.coli STEC Project Update

Kansas State University Utilizes @RISK to Aid in Biosecurity for Beef Cattle

E. coli outbreak prompts recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef

1.8 million pounds of beef recalled, linked to E. coli

Contaminated ground beef linked linked to E. coli O157:H7 outbreak

Lamoureux To Receive NMC Outstanding Achievement Awards this Week at the New Mexico Consortium

Dr. Dan Thomson was recently recognized for his efforts and influence as one of the top 20 veterinarians in the country.

cooking hamburgers

Cooking Burgers: Do consumers always do the best job?
Christine M. Bruhn, University of California

BCI newsletter highlights STEC CAP grant intern efforts.

Davey Griffin named an AMSA Fellow and is a recipient of the 2013 AMSA Signal Service Award

Nebraska Farmer magazine features STEC CAP grant team at UNL

Center for Food Safety unveils state-of-the-art laboratory testing facility at open house
 A new state-of-the-art laboratory equipped with instrumentation to allow rapid foodborne pathogen testing and characterization. (Source: Texas A&M AgriLife)

Cost of E. coli O157 infections at $244 million annually in Canada (Source:

North Carolina fair linked to E. coli outbreak (on

Petting Zoo outbreaks

Making a Difference for All Kansans: 2013 Report to the Legislature (Flipbook link)