Food Microbiology Research

Of major importance is the study of microorganisms causing food spoilage. However "good" bacteria such as probiotics are becoming increasingly important in food science. In addition, microorganisms are essential for the production of foods such as cheese, yoghurt, other fermented foods, bread, beer and wine.

Food safety is a major focus of food microbiology involving the handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness.

Foodborne pathogens are the leading causes of illness and death in less developed countries killing approximately 1.8 million people developed countries foodborne pathogens are responsible for millions of cases of infectious gastrointestinal diseases each year, costing billions of dollars in medical care and lost productivity.

Food Microbiology researchers in the Department of Food Science at Penn State.