Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Willis Fedio began work May 3 as the food technology specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service .
Fedio will be based in Las Cruces with statewide responsibilities for training and research in food technology.
A food microbiologist, Fedio is experienced in working in both research laboratories and food processing plants to prevent and detect contamination. He has conducted in-plant training and helped start incentive programs for food safety in processing.
Most recently, Fedio worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Microbiology and Food Science at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Though he has worked with products ranging from beef to pea flour, Fedio has a special interest in dairy research. While with the Alberta Dairy Association's research unit, he worked on chemical analysis of dairy products, methods to extend their shelf life and value-added products from milk. He has testified as an expert witness in cheese authenticity lawsuits in Canada. His doctoral thesis was on determining the sources of listerial contamination in raw milk and factors affecting the organism's heat resistance.
Fedio earned a doctorate in food microbiology in 1991, a master's degree in food microbiology in 1986 and a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in genetics in 1980, all from the University of Alberta.
"I look forward to working with both food producers and processors and county Extension agents in training and education programs," he said. "I want my research to be driven by what people here need and want to know."
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