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Adding Value to Microbiological Sampling: Study Design and Statistical Methods for Food Safety

Photo credit: ThisIsEngineering, pexels.com.Microbiological testing of food plays an important role
in verifying that food safety systems are working as
intended. Samples are used to characterize and draw
conclusions about the presence of pathogens in food.
This project uses the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) data to
explore ways to improve microbiological sampling and
regulatory decision-making through applied statistical
methods and study design.

Collaborators: Ohio State, USDA Food Safety and Inspection
Service

Timeline: January 2020–June 2021

Funding Sources: CFI and the USDA Food Safety and
Inspection Service Research Participation Program
administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and
Education (ORISE) through an interagency agreement
between the U.S. Department of Energy and the National
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences