WestFest 2022: CFI presents TARTARE, International Research Project inspired Biofilm Slime

Oct. 11, 2022
CFI Team Slime Making Party

Every year The Ohio State University holds an event called WestFest: The Ohio State University Science & Sustainability Festival. Although virtual for the past two years, this year’s free public event will be mainly in-person! The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI) and many others will be present, showcasing science and sustainability, STEM research, and outreach programs at OSU in various ways through family-friendly activities!  

WHY: CFI is participating in this event (WestFest2022) because we are committed to keeping Ohio communities healthy & safe through research and outreach

WHERE: The event will be taking place on The Ohio State University’s West Campus (1090 Carmack Rd) on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10am – 2pm. The CFI team will be at booth #4! 

WHAT: TARTARE & Biofilm education through the use of slime!  

  • Biofilm forms when certain types of microorganisms stick to a moist surface. The microorganisms secrete a slimy, glue-like substance that helps them hold onto the surface that they are sticking to. The biofilm also helps protect the bacteria and makes it more difficult for antibiotics to destroy them. 
  • CFI’s Biofilm Slime is composed of four parts:
    1. Salmonella (the green glitter)
    2. Campylobacter (the blue glitter)
    3. Listeria (the red glitter) 
    4. Biofilm (the clear slime), is the product of the food safety pathogens represented by the green, blue, and red glitter. 


Our TARTARE International Research Project in Ethiopia is the inspiration behind our Biofilm Slime. A result of the food safety lessons learned from the TARTARE project, and two of the three major food safety pathogenic hazards (Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter) found in raw beef and dairy products in Ethiopia that the work done through TARTARE primarily focuses on.

 TARTARE Graphic ElementThis work is funded and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and UK aid from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). And is all being done in an effort to implement risk-based approaches to improve food safety that other low and middle income countries (LMICs) can utilize as a model in reducing risk from foodborne disease. An important public health problem in LMICs, causing considerable morbidity and mortality and, thus, having a substantial social and economic impact.   

We hope to see you all this Saturday, October 15th for WestFest 2022!