May 23, 2013
Zoetis Inc., formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer, today announced a gift of $100,000 for Salmonella research to Texas Tech University, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Department of Animal and Food Sciences. The research gift will help provide resources to better understand and describe the ecology of Salmonella in cattle populations and to discover and evaluate tools that might ultimately result in a safer food supply.
"We believe food-safety research is critical to the current and future health of the cattle industry," said Rob Kelly, vice president, U.S. Cattle and Equine Business Unit at Zoetis. "Consumers expect the food they serve their families to be wholesome and safe, and they are counting on everyone in the industry to work together to deliver safe food to families around the world."
Establishing partnerships with top research institutions such as Texas Tech University is essential to managing foodborne pathogens like Salmonella during the preharvest stage, Kelly added.
"Salmonella continues to threaten human health. With new understandings of how it interacts with livestock populations, we can develop better tools that can lead to meaningful improvements in food safety," said Guy Loneragan, BVSc, PhD, epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health at Texas Tech University.