Professor Appointed to National Committee on Food Safety

Guy Loneragan will serve on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

Guy Loneragan

Guy Loneragan (Photo by Neal Hinkle)

The Secretary of Agriculture has appointed a Texas Tech University professor to a national committee that will provide recommendations on microbial criteria of food.

Guy Loneragan, an epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health in the Department of Animal and Food Science, will serve on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, providing information to the secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.

“It is an incredible honor and responsibility to be appointed to this committee,” Loneragan said. “Moreover, this appointment highlights the level of prominence of the internationally respected food safety program that Texas Tech receives. Texas Tech has assembled and invested in a collaborative team of researchers.  This appointment represents the combined accomplishments of this successful team.”

The committee provides impartial scientific advice to federal agencies to use in developing integrated food safety systems from farm to table and to ensure food safety in domestic and imported foods. This advice is used by the agencies to develop science-based policy that will improve the safety of the food that U.S. consumers buy and feed to their families.


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The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:

  • Agriculture and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Education and Communications
  • Animal and Food Science
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant and Soil Science
  • Natural Resources Management