Catherine Nettles Cutter, Ph.D.

Catherine Nettles Cutter, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Food Science
  • Assistant Director of Food Safety & Quality Programs
  • Food Safety Extension Specialist - Muscle Foods
433 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Food safety
  • Food microbiology
  • Foodborne pathogens
  • Antimicrobials
  • Edible films
  • Spoilage
  • Meat, poultry, seafood, muscle foods
  • HACCP
  • Sanitation

Education

  • Ph.D., Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina. May 1992. Major: Food Technology; Minor: Microbiology. Dissertation: "Purification and amino acid composition of the Lactobacillus acidophilus N2 bacteriocin, lactacin B."
  • M.S., University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. August 1987. Major: Pathobiology; Minor: Bacteriology. Thesis: "Identification of virulence factors associated with Campylobacter jejuni utilizing an avian system."
  • B.S., University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut. December 1984. Major: Pathobiology. Senior Research Project: "Protothecal bovine mastitis."

Employment

Assistant Director of Food Safety & Quality Programs, Penn State Cooperative Extension. August 2015-present.

Professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist-Muscle Foods,Department of Food Science, Rodney Erickson Food Science Building, Pennsylvania State University , University Park, Pennsylvania, July 2013-Present. 

Associate Professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist-Muscle Foods, Department of Food Science, Food Science Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, July 2005-July 2013.

Assistant Professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist-Muscle Foods, Department of Food Science, Borland Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, July 1999-July 2005.

Microbiologist. USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Roman L. Hruska U. S. Meat Animal Research Center, Meats Research Unit, Clay Center, Nebraska, February, 1992-July 1999.


Experience

Scientific Editor, Food Protection Trends, International Association of Food Protection, Des Moines, IA. 

Member, National Advisory Committee for Meat and Poultry Inspection USDA-FSIS. Appointed by USDA Secretary of Agriculture, 2006-2008, 2010-2012.


Editorial Board:

Meat Science, 2005-present

International Journal of Food Microbiology, 2001-present

Food Protection Trends, 2003-2013

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2002-2004

Journal of Applied Microbiology, 2001-2002

Letters in Applied Microbiology, 1995-2002

Dairy, Food, and Environmental Sanitation, 1995-2002

Journal of Food Protection, 1994-1996

Ad-hoc Journal Reviewer:

Food Microbiology

Journal of Food Science

Journal of Food Quality

Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft und Technologie

Journal of Food Safety

Ad-hoc Grant Reviewer, National Research Initiative, Cooperative Research Grants Program, Ensuring Food Safety; 1995-1998, 2002-2010.

Grant Reviewer/Panel Member, National Research Initiative, Cooperative Research Grants Program, Ensuring Food Safety; 1999, 2001. Ad-hoc

Grant Reviewer, Small Business Innovation Research Program, Cooperative Research Grants Program; 1996-2001.

Ad-hoc Grant Reviewer, National Research Initiative, Cooperative Research Grants Program, Food Characterization/Process/Product Research; 2003.

Ad-hoc Grant Reviewer, Israel Binational Agricultural Research & Development Fund, Haim Katz, Coordinator of Research Projects; 2000.

Member, National Pork Producers Council, Post Harvest and Food Safety Advisory Committee, 1996-present.


Research Interests

Controlling and/or improving the microbiological quality and safety of muscle foods; HACCP for meat processors, intervention technologies for reducing pathogens, application and/or delivery systems of food grade antimicrobials to muscle food, association or attachment of bacteria to food-related surfaces.  


Extension Programs

Extension program responsibilities are in the area of food safety, food processing, and meat microbiology. Food safety programs are directed toward the Pennsylvania meat industry, especially the very small to mid-size plants that must meet requirements for federal meat inspection regulations; food safety educational programs for hunters who consume wild game meats; educational programs addressing food safety programs that are directed to county-based Extension educators and Pennsylvania food industry; and development of food safety educational materials, and training programs for meat processors.

  • Quality and microbial food safety of beef, poultry, fish, exotic meats
  • HACCP for meat processors
  • Rapid methods for microbial detection (Food Microbiology Shortcourse)
  • Sanitation Shortcourse
  • Food Defense
  • Venison 101/201

Honors

  • Gamma Sigma Delta International Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, 2019Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists, 2016

  • Outstanding Volunteer Award, Institute of Food Technologists,Food Microbiology Division, 2012

  • Distinguished Extension-Service Award, American Meat Science Association, 2011

  • Award of Merit-Extension, Penn State University Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, 2010

  • Distinguished Service Award, Institute of Food Technologists,Food Microbiology Division, 2008

  • Second  Place, 2005 Food Safety Award National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Pennsylvania Affiliate

  • Honorable Mention, "Extension Food Safety in Pennsylvania," Northeast Extension Directors' Award of Excellence, 2004

  • Recipient of Casida Professorship For Food Safety, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University, 2002-2006

  • Achievement Award, American Meat Science Association, 2001

  • Certificate of Appreciation, U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1997, 1999

  • Secretary of Agriculture's Group Honor Award for Personal and Professional Excellence, U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1995

  • Certificate of Merit, U. S. Department of Agriculture, 1994

  • Graduate Student Leadership Award, Clemson University, 1989 

Publications

Hot water sanitization of a commercial mushroom disk slicer to inactivate Listeria monocytogenes
Food Control, Tobin, Hilary M., Lele, Saurabh R., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, Anantheswaran, Ramaswamy C., Laborde, Luke F., 2020

Survival of acid-adapted and non-adapted Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli using an in vitro model
Food Control, Rivera-Reyes, Minerva, Campbell, Jonathan Alexander, Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2019

Thermoplastic starch/polybutylene adipate terephthalate film coated with gelatin containing nisin Z and lauric arginate for control of foodborne pathogens associated with chilled and frozen seafood
International journal of food microbiology, Pattanayaiying, Rinrada, Sane, Amporn, Photjanataree, Penchom, Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2019

Pathogen reductions during traditional fermentation and drying of pork salamis.
Food Protection Trends, 2019

A Needs Assessment of Practices and Procedures in African Food Safety Testing Laboratories
Food Protection Trends, 2018

Training hard-to-reach Pennsylvanian cheesemakers about food safety using a low-tech training tool
Food Protection Trends, Machado, Robson, Cutter, Catherine, 2018

Stability and safety of maize–legume-fortified flours stored in various packaging materials
European Food Research and Technology, Fasoyiro, Subuola B., Gourama, Hassan, Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2017

Development, Dissemination, and Assessment of a Food Safety Systems Management Curriculum for Agribusiness Students in Armenia
Journal of Food Science Education, Pokharel, Siroj, Marcy, Joseph E., Neilan, Angela M., Cutter, Catherine N., 2017

Sanitation indicators as a tool to evaluate a food safety and sanitation training program for farmstead cheese processors
Food Control, Machado, Robson A.M., Cutter, Catherine N., 2017

Pathogen reductions associated with traditional processing of landjäger
Food Control, Rivera-Reyes, Minerva, Campbell, Jonathan A., Cutter, Catherine N., 2017

Prevalence and phylogenetic characterization of Escherichia coli and hygiene indicator bacteria isolated from leafy green produce, beef, and pork obtained from farmers' markets in Pennsylvania
Journal of Food Protection, Scheinberg, Joshua A., Dudley, Edward G., Campbell, Jonathan Alexander, Roberts, Beth, DiMarzio, Michael, Debroy, Chitrita, Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2017

Food Safety of Farmstead Cheese Processors in Pennsylvania: An Initial Needs Assessment
Food Protection Trends, Machado, Robson, Radhakrishna, Rama, Cutter, Catherine, 2017

Fate of pathogenic bacteria associated with production of pickled sausage by using a cold fill process
Journal of Food Protection, Gaydos, Nelson J., Cutter, Catherine N., Campbell, Jonathan A., 2016

Change in water activity and fungal counts of maize-pigeon pea flour during storage utilizing various packaging materials
Procedia Engineering, Fasoyiro, Subuola, Hovingh, Rebecca, Gourama, Hassan, Cutter, Catherine, 2016

Optimization of formulations for pullulan films containing lauric arginate and nisin Z
LWT - Food Science and Technology, Pattanayaiying, Rinrada, H-Kittikun, Aran, Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2015

Incorporation of nisin Z and lauric arginate into pullulan films to inhibit foodborne pathogens associated with fresh and ready-to-eat muscle foods
International journal of food microbiology, Pattanayaiying, Rinrada, H-Kittikun, Aran, Cutter, Catherine N., 2015

Diversity of CRISPR loci and virulence genes in pathogenic Escherichia coli isolates from various sources
International journal of food microbiology, Jiang, Yun, Yin, Shuang, Dudley, Edward G., Cutter, Catherine N., 2015

Efficacy of Antimicrobial Pullulan-Based Coating to Improve Internal Quality and Shelf-Life of Chicken Eggs During Storage
Journal of Food Science, Morsy, Mohamed K., Sharoba, Ashraf M., Khalaf, Hassan H., El-Tanahy, Hassan H., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2015

The efficacy of short and repeated high-pressure processing treatments on the reduction of non-O157
Meat Science, Jiang, Yun, Scheinberg, Joshua A., Senevirathne, Reshani, Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2015

An Assessment of Food Safety Handling Practices at Farmers’ Markets in Rhode Island
Food Protection Trends, Vandeputte, E, Pivarnik, L, Scheinberg, J, Machado, R, Cutter, Catherine, Lofgren, I, 2015

Use of the Smartphone Application “Food Safe Surveys” for Data Collection During Direct Concealed Observations
Food Protection Trends, Machado, R, Scheinberg, J, Pivarnik, L, Cutter, Catherine, 2015

Multivariate analysis reveals differences in biofilm formation capacity among Listeria monocytogenes lineages
Biofouling, Valderrama, Wladir B., Ostiguy, Nancy M., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2014

Effect of lauric arginate, nisin Z, and a combination against several food-related bacteria
International journal of food microbiology, Pattanayaiying, Rinrada, H-Kittikun, Aran, Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2014

High-pressure processing and boiling water treatments for reducing Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157
Food Control, Scheinberg, Joshua A., Svoboda, Amanda L., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2014

Incorporation of Essential Oils and Nanoparticles in Pullulan Films to Control Foodborne Pathogens on Meat and Poultry Products
Journal of Food Science, Morsy, Mohamed K., Khalaf, Hassan H., Sharoba, Ashraf M., El-Tanahi, Hassan H., Cutter, Catherine N., 2014

Consumer acceptability of high hydrostatic pressure (HHP)-treated ground beef patties
LWT - Food Science and Technology, Hayes, John E., Raines, Christopher R., DePasquale, David A., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2014

Farmers’ market food safety: a reality check
Food Safety, Scheinberg, J, Cutter, Catherine, 2014

Use of a phone application to assess food safety practices at farmer’s markets (813.6)
FASEB Journal, Vandeputte, Elizabeth, Pivarnik, Lori, Scheinberg, Joshua, Machado, Robson, Cutter, Catherine, Lofgren, Ingrid, 2014

Food safety knowledge, behavior, and attitudes of vendors of poultry products sold at Pennsylvania farmers' markets
Journal of Extension, Scheinberg, Joshua, Radhakrishna, Rama B., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2013

The effects of a pickling process on the reduction of escherichia coliO157
Journal of Food Safety, Scheinberg, Joshua A., Valderrama, Wladir B., Cutter, Catherine N., 2013

Presence of shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli o-groups in small and very-small beef-processing plants and resulting ground beef detected by a multiplex polymerase chain reaction assay
Foodborne pathogens and disease, Svoboda, Amanda L., Dudley, Edward G., Debroy, Chitrita, Mills, Edward W., Cutter, Catherine N., 2013

A microbiological comparison of poultry products obtained from farmers' markets and supermarkets in pennsylvania
Journal of Food Safety, Scheinberg, Joshua, Doores, Stephanie, Radhakrishna, Rama B., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2013

Incidence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli strains in beef, pork, chicken, deer, boar, bison, and rabbit retail meat
Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, Magwedere, Kudakwashe, Dang, Huu Anh, Mills, Edward W., Cutter, Catherine N., Roberts, Elisabeth L., DebRoy, Chitrita, 2013

An Ecological Perspective of Listeria monocytogenes Biofilms in Food Processing Facilities
Critical reviews in food science and nutrition, Valderrama, Wladir B., Cutter, Catherine N., 2013

Development and implementation of a “counter-top” training program to increase retention of food safety knowledge, alter behavior, improve attitude, and increase skills of Spanish-speaking retail employees
Food Protection Trends, Richard, A, Brown, J, Radhakrishna, R, Yoder, E, Nieto-Montenegro, S, Cutter, Catherine, 2013

Farmers Market Poultry: A New Perspective on Food Safety
Lancaster Farming, Scheinberg, J, Cutter, Catherine, 2013

High-pressure processing and boiling water treatments for reducing Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp., and Staphylococcus aureus during beef jerky processing
Food Control, Scheinberg, J, Svoboda, A, Cutter, Catherine, 2013

Validation of Antimicrobial Interventions for Small and Very Small Processors: A How-to Guide to Develop and Conduct Validations
Food Protection Trends, Cutter, Catherine, 2013

Meat Science Review: HPP, ground beef, and the "Big 6" STEC
National Provisioner, Cutter, Catherine, DePasquale, D, Hayes, J, Raines, C, Seniviranthne, R, 2012

Investigation of chemical rinses suitable for very small meat plants to reduce pathogens on beef surfaces
Journal of Food Protection, Yoder, Sally F., Henning, William R., Mills, Edward W., Doores, Stephanie, Ostiguy, Nancy, Cutter, Catherine N., 2012

Effects of ingredient composition on optical and mechanical properties of pullulan film for food-packaging applications
LWT - Food Science and Technology, Trinetta, V., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, Floros, J. D., 2011

Validation of a pickling process for controlling pathogens associated with hard-cooked eggs
Journal of Food Safety, Richard, Angela E., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2011

Detection of shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli O26, O45, O103, O111, O113, O121, O145, and O157 serogroups by multiplex polymerase chain reaction of the wzx gene of the O-antigen gene cluster
Foodborne pathogens and disease, Debroy, Chitrita, Roberts, Elisabeth, Valadez, Angela M., Dudley, Edward G., Cutter, Catherine N., 2011

Multiplex PCR detection of shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli strains belonging to serogroups o157, o103, o91, o113, o145, o111, and o26 experimentally inoculated in beef carcass swabs, beef trim, and ground beef
Journal of Food Protection, Valadez, Angela M., Debroy, Chitrita, Dudley, Edward G., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2011

Development of pullulan films for antimicrobial active packaging
LWT - Food Science and Technology, Trinetta, V, Cutter, Catherine, Floros, J, 2011

Food safety interventions: reducing risk from farm to table
Food Safety Magazine, Bucknavage, M, Cutter, Catherine, 2011

Microbial control aspects of brine chilling solutions for ready-to-eat meat and poultry products
Food Engineering and Ingredients, Valderrama, W. B., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2010

Participation in "Handwashing University" promotes proper handwashing techniques for youth
Journal of Extension, Fenton, Ginger, Radhakrishna, Rama B., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2010

Investigation of water washes suitable for very small meat plants to reduce pathogens on beef surfaces
Journal of Food Protection, Yoder, Sally Flowers, Henning, William R., Mills, Edward William, Doores, Stephanie, Ostiguy, Nancy M., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2010

Sakacin a-containing pullulan film
Journal of Food Safety, Trinetta, Valentina, Floros, John D., Cutter, Catherine Nettles, 2010

The efficacy of water washes against pathogens associated with beef surfaces processed in very small meat establishments
Journal Food Protection, Yoder, S, Mills, E, Henning, W, Ostiguy, N, Doores, S, Cutter, Catherine, 2010