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We've been hard at work these past few months making food safer and more secure. Please have a look at where we've been. We hope you find it informative. Stop by our websites at either or Thank you for your continued support!

University of California, Davis


One Health for Food Systems Conference: Integrating Veterinary, Food, Animal, Agriculture, and Engineering Sciences | July 20-31, 2020

The first fully online conference was a huge success. The One Health for Food Systems Conference: Integrating Veterinary, Food, Animal, Agriculture, and Engineering Sciences drew a total of 80 participants, including 31 graduate students, 30 undergraduate students, and 19 professors, with participants connecting from China, Japan, the UK, and Nepal.   

The online conference, directed by Bennie Osburn, and coordinated by Chris Brunner and Michael Luo,  featured faculty from the School of Veterinary Medicine, the departments of Plant Science, Land, Air and Water, Food Science and Technology, and Animal Sciences delivering live Zoom lectures on subjects as diverse as soil health, microbes and plant health, to the involvement of microbiome analysis in food safety research, primary care and preventive veterinary medicine education, and building capacity to prevent pandemics using a One Health approach.  

The unique schedule included morning session lectures, group reports, a virtual dairy tour led by Heather Johnson and James Cullor, and UC Davis students speaking about graduate education at UC Davis. Afternoon sessions included group and panel discussions, reports by graduate students, and get-togethers where attendees were randomly matched together for one-on-one conversations every 5 minutes at events called “cocktail parties.” This allowed participants to interact with other students that they might not otherwise have a chance to meet.  The conference culminated in presentations by seven teams, an online virtual certificate ceremony, and a call to action by Chris Brunner for the attendees to stay in touch, build on new friendships, and follow through on their presentation's calls to action.   

You can read the full story here and watch associated videos:


Desert Southwest Soil Health Webinar | July 23, 2020 

The Desert Southwest Soil Health Webinar modules are now available to view. The webinar, sponsored by University of Arizona Yuma County Cooperative Extension, was held on July 23rd, 2020 and attended by 364 (unique logins). Michele Jay-Russell presented “Intersection of Soil Health and Food Safety” in Module 2.
Defining Soil Health (Module 1)
Practices to Improve Soil Health (Module 2)
Soil Pest Control (Module 3)

Virtual 2020 Annual IAFP Meeting | October 26-28, 2020

Several of our faculty and staff will be participating at the upcoming Virtual 2020 Annual IAFP Meeting, to be held October 26-28, 2020. Be sure to check out presentations of these collaborative research and outreach programs. Check out the IAFP website for the complete program information..  

Click on the titles below to preview a few of the sessions and abstracts:

Oral Presentations and Posters:

Monday, October 26 Tuesday, October 27 Wednesday, October 28 
Maria Orozco, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 2021; Goretti Alvarez, Communication and Spanish double major, 2020; and Ana Araujo Sociology, 2021, worked to build training delivery systems in Spanish.  

WIFSS Student Employees Make Learning Accessible for Spanish-speaking Californians | September 21, 2020

Lack of Spanish language resources can put agricultural and food workers at risk. Limited access to quality training materials on research-based food safety practices can also put the public health at risk. Therefore, it is important at the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security (WIFSS) to increase access to educational materials for the safety of all Californians. WIFSS is a University of California, Davis program that serves the global community by conducting research, developing training, and providing outreach programs that focus on the safety and health of people, animals, and the environment. Ana Araujo, Goretti Alvarez, and Maria Orozco are student employees at WIFSS that worked together as a team to help translate the final Spanish version of the WIFSS FSMA-PSR course. However, their work goes beyond just translating, through the process they acquired software, graphic, and audio editing skills to build the training programs. This work is important because it allows access to training and other services in multiple languages that are supportive of increasing knowledge, safety and health. 

See the complete article with quotes from the WIFSS student employees here: 

Leer en Espanol:

James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award: Linda J. Harris | May 12, 2020 

Congratulations to Linda J. Harris, Co-Principal Investigator and FST Chair, for being awarded the UC Davis Academic Federation’s highest honor, the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award, named after the late chancellor.  From the announcement: "She has developed an internationally recognized outreach program and is one of the most successful and important food safety microbiologists in the world today. Her tireless efforts researching and educating on foodborne pathogens have improved the safety of the food supply and people around the world. Her scientific achievements, devotion to translating academic research into actionable education, public and university service, and outstanding representation of UC Davis both nationally and internationally exemplify the qualities celebrated by the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award."  

For all the winners, please see
Pires A. F. A., J. Stover, E. Kukielka, V. Haghani, P. Aminabadi, T. De Melo Ramos, and M. T. Jay-Russell. 2020. Salmonella and generic E. coli prevalence in meat and produce sold at farmers markets in Northern California. J Food Prot (2020)
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