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Sep 04, 2020

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Sep 03, 2020

Nancy Keller Honored by Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology

Congratulations to FRI executive committee member Nancy Keller, a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Department of Bacteriology, who has been selected to receive the Charles Thom Award, among the highest scientific awards given by the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.

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Sep 02, 2020

Food Industry Resources for COVID-19

A variety of resources are available for the food industry regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:

U.S. government websites:

Other websites:

Dairy industry resources:

Consumer resources

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Sep 01, 2020

FRI eNews September 2020

FRESH seminars begin Sept. 22; The latest COVID-19 news for the food industry

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Aug 18, 2020

FRI Remembers Dorothy Gosting, Early Science Writer

It is with sadness that we report that one of FRI’s early science writers, Dorothy Gosting, has died. Dorothy was hired by Gail Dack and worked at FRI from 1966 until her retirement in 1992. Dorothy led the writing efforts for an annotated bibliography of the literature, “Food Safety,” which FRI continued to publish annually through 1996. During “pre-Google” days, this publication was a highly sought resource for industry and regulators, providing a compilation of research related to diet and health, food toxicology, and microbial foodborne illness.

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Aug 01, 2020

FRI eNews August 2020

UW Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building BSL-2 facility opens

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Jul 01, 2020

FRI eNews July 2020

UW Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building nears completion; The latest COVID-19 news for the food industry

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Jun 30, 2020

UW Meat Science and Muscle Biology Lab Conducts Final Harvest; New Facility Opens in September

The final meat harvest in the historic UW-Madison Meat Science and Muscle Biology Lab occurred on June 29. The new UW-Madison Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building is nearly complete, with the entire facility set to open in September.

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Jun 01, 2020

FRI eNews June 2020

FRI 2020 award winners; The latest COVID-19 news for the food industry

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May 08, 2020

Federico Rey Part of Two Research Initiatives to Receive UW2020 Awards

FRI affiliated faculty Federico Rey is part of two research initiatives recently selected for Round 6 of UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative awards. The goal of UW2020 is to stimulate and support cutting edge, highly innovative and groundbreaking research at UW-Madison and the acquisition of shared instruments or equipment that will open new avenues for innovative and significant research.

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May 01, 2020

FRI eNews May 2020

The latest COVID-19 updates and other news for the food industry

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Apr 29, 2020

Meat Processing Plant Closures' Potential Impact on Wisconsin Food Supply

FRI executive committee member Jeff Sindelar spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio about the recent meat processing plant closures and their potential impact on Wisconsin's food supply.

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Apr 27, 2020

Kathy Glass Receives 2020 CALS Academic Staff Excellence Award

Congratulations to FRI Associate Director and Distinguished Scientist Kathy Glass, who was named a 2020 CALS Academic Staff Excellence Award recipient during last week's All College virtual meeting.

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Apr 01, 2020

FRI eNews April 2020

FRI Spring Meeting transitions to virtual event; Coronavirus resources for the food industry

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Mar 24, 2020

UW Campus Response and Information for COVID-19

UW-Madison has suspended Spring Semester face-to-face instruction effective Monday, March 23, through the remainder of the spring semester. Campus events are canceled through May 15, and campus buildings are currently open to essential employees only.

Due to the restriction on campus events, FRI has postponed the remaining FRESH seminars for the semester. The Spring Meeting in May will be transitioned to a virtual format for registered attendees and sponsors. Paid registrants for the event will be refunded. Information on the virtual event will be sent out via email. Please contact Lindsey Jahn at with any questions.

The majority of FRI staff are working from home, but we anticipate daily operations to go on as usual for the most part.

We will keep you up to date on any further changes as they happen. For more information on campus response to COVID-19, please visit the official website.

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Mar 01, 2020

FRI eNews March 2020

Coronavirus and its impact on the food industry; Registration open for FRI Spring Meeting, May 19–20

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Feb 01, 2020

FRI eNews February 2020

FRI welcomes new faculty and staff additions; FRESH seminars start Feb. 25

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Jan 30, 2020

FRI Remembers Bob Deibel

The Food Research Institute is saddened to announce the recent passing of Dr. Robert H. Deibel, who had deep ties to the Institute as well as UW-Madison. Dr. Deibel began his career at the University of Wisconsin with FRI in 1966. He became a full Professor in 1970 and served as chair of the department of bacteriology for three years while mentoring numerous graduate students in their pursuit of advanced degrees. In 1979, Dr. Deibel founded Deibel Laboratories, a commercial laboratory for the microbiological testing of foods, water, and cosmetics.

Together with his wife Carol, Dr. Deibel generously donated to FRI to establish two endowed graduate fellowships, one in food safety and the other in probiotics. Thanks to the Deibels’ gift, FRI is able to continue training the next generation of food safety experts.

“Bob’s contributions in academia, and the broader world of food safety, were huge,” said FRI Director Chuck Czuprynski. “He will be missed.”

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Jan 24, 2020

Meatingplace Profile on Jeff Sindelar

Meatingplace recently featured FRI executive committee member Jeff Sindelar in its January 2020 issue. In addition to his duties as a meat science extension specialist, Sindelar is leading efforts to close the science gaps in Appendix A & B.

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Jan 01, 2020

FRI eNews January 2020

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce from Salinas continues; Registration filling fast for Better Process Cheese School

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