WCFS - Western Center for Food Safety

eNewsletter, March 2012


In the News


Food Safety Documentary

“Better Safe than Sorry”, a 30 minute documentary on food safety and food sensory research being conducted at UC Davis, will air on KVIE’s weekly public affairs program, Viewfinder, on three dates (March 28, 7 p.m.; March 30, 4 p.m.; and April 1, 6 p.m.).  WIFSS senior scientists (Drs. Rob AtwillMichele Jay-Russell, and Bruce Hoar), laboratory staff, and graduate students Eduardo Vivas and Kristine Fernandez are featured in the program. The focus of the special is in part the national issue of how do we as a nation grow safe produce that is pathogen-free in order to support healthy eating habits throughout the United States.  University Communications, in collaboration with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, produced this video with support from Agilent Technologies, Inc.  A reception was held on March 19th in the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Silverado Vineyard Sensory Theatre, followed by a screening of the documentary and a brief question and answer session. 



Focus on Food UCD Dateline





25th Vertebrate Pest Conference

March 5-8, 2012
Monterey, CA

Rob AtwillXunde Li, and Michele Jay-Russell gave presentations in the Wildlife and Food Safety session on March 6.  This was the 50th anniversary of the Vertebrate Pest Conference, and included speakers from the US, Australia and New Zealand, and the UK.  Rob Atwill chaired the session on Wildlife and Food Safety, and all three scientists participated in a panel discussion on food safety risks associated with wildlife.  Jay-Russell also participated in the field trip on March 5, and gave a presentation on food safety to the group at a produce farm with Shannon Chandler from USDA Wildlife Service where they talked about feral pigs.  Titles of the presentations were:

Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) as a Vector of Foodborne Protozoa Adjacent to Produce Production Fields 
Xunde Li*, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis, CA

Methodological and Epidemiological Concerns When Comparing Microbial Food Safety Risks from Wildlife, Livestock, and Domestic Animals 
Edward R. Atwill*, Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, University of California, Davis, CA

Zoonotic Risks from Amphibians and Reptiles 
Michele Jay-Russell*, Western Center for Food Safety, University of California, Davis, CA

Final Program




25th Vertebrate Pest Conference pdf


International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases

March 11-15, 2012
Atlanta, GA

Michele Jay-Russell and Alexis Fisher attended the eighth convening of this international conference of public health professionals. Current work on surveillance, epidemiology, research, communication and training, bioterrorism, and preventions and control of emerging infectious diseases, both in the United States and abroad, were discussed.  Papers presented by Jay-Russell and Fisher were:

Isolation of Salmonella Oranienburg from Horses and Wild Turkeys on a Ranch in Northern California, and Contamination of the Family’s Edible Home Garden Following Raw Manure Application 
M. Jay-Russell, J.E. Madigan, Y. Liu, A. Fisher, S. Madigan, B.A. Byrne

Occurrence of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coliand Salmonella enterica in Domestic and Wild Canid Populations in a U.S.-Mexico Desert Southwest Produce Production Region
A.M. Fisher, Y. Liu, A. Thiptara, T. Nguyen, M. Jay-Russell






M. T. Jay-Russell, A. Bates, L. Harden, W. G. Miller, R. E. Mandrell.  2012.  Isolation of Campylobacterfrom Feral Swine (Sus scrofa) on the Ranch Associated with the 2006 Escherichia coli O157:H7 Spinach Outbreak Investigation in California.  Zoonoses and Public Health .  Article first published online: 8 MAR 2012