Research - Microbial Food Safety
A number of research projects have been carried out in the area of microbial food safety, involving predictive microbiology and mathematical modelling, in liaison with Dr. Xie of the International Faculty. This has led to the successful completion of a PhD student, an MPhil student and an MRes student and the production of several journal publications.
The microbiology laboratory operates a consultancy service, working with the International Faculty and the Food Technology Advisory Service (FTAS), to deliver technical support to the region's (Yorkshire and the Humber) food and drink SMEs. FTAS is funded by Yorkshire Forward and has operated a contract with the University over the past three years.
Several research students have worked in the Microbiology laboratories on projects relating to predictive microbiology, by developing mathematical models to predict whether pathogenic bacteria will grow or survive in different types of food. This approach allows food manufacturers to understand the microbial stability of their products more closely and ultimately will make a positive impact on overall food safety. A further current research project is more environmental in nature, looking at the process of bioremediation.
Education and Training
Currently, a 'Microbial Safety for Food Businesses' dvd is being produced by the University and FTAS for circulation to all food and drink SMEs in the region. A further link is with Leeds Environmental Health in the organisation of the annual Leeds Applied Food Microbiology short course. Partner organisers of this course are Thomas Danby Leeds, the Food Standards Agency and the Health Protection Agency.