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January 2021 Review

Featured Story - Where Are They Now: Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith was a master’s student at the University of Georgia’s Food Science Graduate Program and conducted his research at the Center for Food Safety (CFS) between 2018 and 2020. Since graduating last spring, Smith obtained a position as a quality and process control supervisor for Hormel.

“There are so many opportunities at CFS and it is so strongly research-focused that if that is something you are interested in, then I think (CFS) is the path to go."

Read more about Clayton Smith here

Clayton Smith
Clayton Smith

CFS In the News

CFS featured in several stories in January. Find information and links to the stories below. 

  • CFS faculty featured in the winter issue of Georgia Magazine. Read more here
  • CFS faculty participated in the 2021 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Read more about their presentations here.
  • Xiangyu Deng and Henk den Bakker's research on Listeria tolerance in sanitizers appeared in a story in the Center for Produce Safety's newsletter. Read more here.
  • To complement the above story, the Center for Produce Safety interviewed Xiangyu Deng by video. View it here.  

New Staff

CFS welcomed two new staff members in January.

Jada Thrash joined CFS as the new Administrative Manager, and Minji Hur joined Dr. Diez's research group as a Ph.D. student. 

If you have not already, please reach out and extend a warm welcome to them both. 



The COVID-19 Refresher is past due. The deadline was Jan. 31. Training can be found online at

CFS is revamping its website and newsletter. Visit the site to see all the changes. While you're there, sign up for the newsletter

Please remember to continue observing social distancing guidelines while in the Melton building. 

The next round of COVID-19 surveillance testing will be Thursday, Feb. 4. Sign up for free testing here

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