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October 2021
Most of the functions of the Department and the Center continue while following University and local health department directed health measures. When on campus, all members of the university community — students, faculty, staff and visitors — are expected to wear facial coverings when indoors and when social distancing cannot be observed outside. For more information please visit  
Dr. Richard Goodman was quoted as part of a Popular Science article on the safety of GMO's. "The major issues that consumers are worried about are the same ones that experts have been actively investigating for the past two decades... These issues include the “natural problems with food that would affect human safety, animal safety, allergy, toxicity.” You can read the full article at
Congrats to Terry Howell, Russell Parde, Sarah Herzinger, Julie Reiling, and April Johnson of the Food Processing Center for receiving the state's highest civic honor as Admirals in the Nebraska Navy. These team members produced nearly 200,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to equip the state of Nebraska during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Dr. Changmou Xu and Dr. Xiaoqing Xie (Postdoc) co-founded a startup company, A+ Berry, in Summer 2021, which aims to transform Aronia berries, a superfruit mainly grown in the Midwest, into functional foods and ingredients, and to develop a sustainable Aronia berry industry in the United States. The startup company licensed a patent-pending technology from NUtech Ventures for starting the business, which is based on Dr. Xu's research on Aronia berries in past few years, and led by his PhD student Rui Huang. The company recently received a $100,000 Academic R&D Grant (Phase I) from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and became a Partner of the Nebraska Innovation Campus. Based on the Nebraska DED funding, the company is working with scientists at The Food Processing Center for the launch of its first product – a novel Aronia berry antioxidant drink.  
The Department now has a new word art mural on the 2nd floor of the Food Innovation Center! It is located just outside of the new Scarlet and Cream room FIC 221. Stop by and take a look!
Upcoming Events

Oct 18-19
Fall Semester Break (Student Holiday - UNL offices open)
Upcoming Workshops

Oct 23
Recipe to Reality


Recent Publications

Cano. C., Y. Meneses, and B.D. Chaves. 2021. Application of peroxyacetic acid for decontamination of poultry products and comparison to other commonly used chemical interventions – A Review. J. Food Prot. 84, 1772-1783.

Onay B. Dogan, Anand Aditya, Juan Ortuzar, Jennifer Clarke, Bing Wang. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of processing stages and interventions for controlling Campylobacter contamination during broiler chicken processing. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. DOI: 10.1111/1541-4337.12860

Lau, S.K., R. Panth, B.D. Chaves, C.L. Weller, and J. Subbiah. 2021. Thermal inactivation kinetics of Salmonella and Enterococcus faecium NRRL-B2354 in whole chia seeds (Salvia hispanica L.). J. Food Prot., 84, 1357–1365.

Nwaizu. C., and Q.  Zhang. 2021. Computational modeling of heterogeneous pore structure and airflow distribution in the grain aeration system. Computer and Electronics in Agriculture 188:106315

Verma, T., X. Wei, B.D. Chaves, T. Howell, and J. Subbiah. 2022. Antimicrobial efficacy of gaseous chlorine dioxide for inactivation of Salmonella on dried basil leaves. LWT. 153: 112488.

Tushar Verma, Xinyao Wei, Byron D. Chaves, Terry Howell Jr, Jeyamkondan Subbiah. Antimicrobial efficacy of gaseous chlorine dioxide for inactivation of Salmonella and Enterococcus faecium NRRL B-2354 on dried basil leaves

Villa-Rojas, R. K., & Lu, M. (2021, September). Lessons Learned from Remote Teaching in an Internationally Dual Degree Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic. In 2021 ASEE Midwest Section Conference.


Recent Awards

Andreia Bianchini Huebner. McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. Kansas State University. $49,996.

Byron Chaves-Elizondo. Continued Successful Implementation of FSMA in the North Central Region through Adoption of a Systems Approach and Stakeholder Engagement. Iowa State University. $15,000.

Changmou Xu. Rapid Discovery of Novel Antifungal Peptides with Machine Learning Algorithms to Improve Safety, Quality, and Shelf-Life of Clean Label Food Products. University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative. $40,000.

Changmou Xu. Develop a Standard Grape Quality Evaluation Program to Improve the Sustainability of Nebraska Grape and Wine Industry. USDA/Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). $69,431.

Internships and Jobs

Extension State Specialist - Food Safety

University of New Hampshire, Durham

The Extension State Specialist will collaborate with faculty, Extension specialists, and agricultural stakeholders to undertake engaged outreach as part of a team working to develop and implement innovative, relevant, and impactful programming in the field of food safety. The successful candidate will contribute to the educational offerings of the College of Life Science and Agriculture teaching one course per year in agricultural food safety, or a related topic. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate researchers, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists.

To Apply please visit

Food Systems & Food Safety Post Doc Fellow

University of Arkansas, Little Rock

The Food Systems and Food Safety Post Doc is a full-time position in the Department of Horticulture (40 hrs/week). This person will serve as a project leader and cooperate with Dr. Amanda Philyaw Perez on the Local, Regional and Safe Foods Team.

The Post Doc will support, develop, and implement training and technical assistance with stakeholders working to support food systems development across the value chain with an emphasis on value-added food product development. The successful candidate will support the local foods program goals, conduct survey research with clientele, and prepare papers for scientific conferences and publication.

To apply:

Staff Fellow Biologist/Microbiologist

Center for Veterinary Medicine, Rockville, MD

CVM's Office of Surveillance and Compliance (OS&C), Division of Animal Feeds (DAF) is seeking qualified applicants for an Interdisciplinary Scientist Staff Fellow Biologist and Microbiologist position. The Office monitors the safety and effectiveness of marketed animal drugs after they enter the market.

For more information and to apply visit:

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