Texas Tech Center Chosen for Retail Meat Surveillance Program

The International Center for Food Industry Excellence will receive a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Mindy Brashears

Mindy Brashears

Texas Tech University's International Center for Food Industry Excellence (ICFIE) has been selected as a National Surveillance Lab for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Retail Meat Surveillance Program through a competitive federal grant process.

Texas Tech will receive $700,000 to monitor beef, pork and poultry products for pathogens and antibiotic resistance.

"We are honored to have been selected as a surveillance site by the program," said Mindy Brashears, a professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences and director of ICFIE. "Our experience in food safety and antibiotic resistance monitoring in the meat industry helped us to obtain the funding, which will have a long term impact on public health. We look forward to working with NARMS to identify sources of antibiotic resistance and in assisting with outbreak investigations if necessary."

Additional College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resourcesfaculty involved in the project include Alejandro Echeverry,an assistant professor in food safety; Kendra Nightingale, an associate professor of food safety; andMark Miller, a professor of meat science. Todd Brashears, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, will oversee the reporting and compliance programs.

NARMS was established in 1996 and collaborates with state and local public health departments, the FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote and protect public health.


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

The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.

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