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UMass Food Science Extension Program

The UMass Food Science Extension Program integrates research and outreach education in areas related to food safety, food production and the principles of food science. Understanding the participants and elements of food systems, Food Science Extension at the University of Massachusetts provides farmers, business owners, and industry partners with support and knowledge essential for growth and success in food production.

We focus on applied research and food safety education to support the food industry. Our research efforts support development research from concept to commercialization to address technical challenges and deliver against product/business needs from farm to fork. In addition, our group provides educational programs that address food science needs through short courses, on-line training and other outreach venues.

Food Science PhD Students win 1st-place for the USDA Smart Snacks Competition by IFT
Amadeus Driando Ahnan & Mitchell Culler

Food Science PhD students, Amadeus Driando Ahnan & Mitchell Culler, won 1st place in the USDA Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition by IFT.

Food Science Extension Program Receives USDA FSOP Grant

The UMass Food Science Extension Program has recieved a 3-year USDA-NIFA grant for Food Safety Management Training for small emerging food businesses. 

New video on Rapid Bacteria Detection to Boost Food Safety
Research on Rapid Detection of Harmful Bacteria in Food and Water

With the consumption of raw vegetables on the rise because of their health benefits,  foodborne illnesses are also increasing because raw foods are often not rinsed properly. Lili He, UMass Amherst food scientist, has developed a new smart phone app that can instantly detect the presence of bacteria in your food.

View video of Rapid Bacteria Detection to Boost Food Safety