Published on 01/16/08

UGA to hold lecture on food safety threats Jan. 29

University of Georgia

How safe is the food we eat? Can we protect ourselves from unsafe imported foods and products?

The University of Georgia College of Public Health and Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute hope to answer these questions with a public lecture on food safety at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in Masters Hall at the UGA Center for Continuing Education.

"Is your food safe to eat?" will be presented by UGA food safety expert Michael Doyle as part of a new series featuring Georgia experts. The series’ purpose is to increase community knowledge and awareness about the public health issues in the media and at home.

Doyle is a Regents professor of food microbiology and director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin and one of the country's leading authorities on E. coli bacteria. His research focuses on developing methods to detect and control foodborne pathogens from the farm to the table.

Claude Burnett, director of the Georgia Division of Health Northeast Health District and CPH adjunct professor, will lead a discussion of the restaurant inspection process and other food safety issues.

For more information about this event and the UGA Community Lecture Series on Public Health Issues, go to the Web site

Rebecca Ayer is an information specialist with the University of Georgia Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute.