Food Safety

Kovacevic Food Safety Outreach & Research Program


Dr. Kovacevic's Food Safety Outreach & Research Program assists Oregon and the Pacific Northwest's food production and processing industries in addressing Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements, and challenges with foodborne pathogens, such as Listeria monocytogenes.


We offer education and training assistance to food growers and processors, ranging from the beginner to advanced levels.  Together with our partners on-campus and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, we offer programs that provide basic training in food safety, current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), environmental monitoring programs, Listeria controls and troubleshooting, and advanced trainings needed to comply with FSMA requirement.


Through the work of the OSU Farm Food Safety Team and Food Safety Specialists we provide resources and technical assistance on food safety and FSMA requirements to produce growers and food processors across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.


The Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety is one of four U.S. regional centers created in 2015 to support the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)- related education, training, extension and outreach efforts.  This partnership, led by Oregon State University, encompasses 13 Western states and territories of American Samoa and Guam.

New Programs in Development


We are in the process of establishing Oregon Association for Food Protection, an IAFP Affiliate Chapter. More information coming soon!

The Listeria Hub to Enhance Learning, Prevention and Research ("Listeria HELPR") aims to promote and provide practical solutions for the control of Listeria monocytogenes in the food industry. More information coming soon!