Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry with Elis Owens, Ph.D.
Elis is active in developing Birko’s antimicrobial product line and attendant delivery systems.
He oversees field trials at customer plants, works with university research partners and outside labs
and acts as a government liaison for antimicrobial approvals.
Elis earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wales in Cardiff.
He conducted post-doctoral research at Michigan State University’s Center for Microbial Ecology.
He has published papers in Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) Microbiology Ecology
and FEMS Microbiology Letters. Elis has been a presenter at the Produce Marketing Association,
the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) and the North American Meat Association.
He is a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA),
American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) and the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC).
Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry United Fresh Produce Association
2. What is listeria?
3. How can we minimize microbial food safety hazards of fresh cut fruits and vegetables?
4. What are some listeria control measures relevant to fresh produce?
5. How do you kill listeria and control its growth?
Elis Owens, Ph.D.
Director of Business Development and Food Safety for Produce
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