Food Safety

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Food is an engine of Minnesota’s economic growth. Our health sciences programs help fuel that engine while ensuring each component of the global food production system is finely tuned.

Investigating food safety from every angle

Every day across Minnesota, our state’s farmers contribute to the start of a global food production process that will eventually touch consumers worldwide.

But while most people think of food only in terms of what ends up on their table, University of Minnesota health sciences researchers take a much broader view.

Preventing illness

Our experts ensure food safety by investigating food-borne illness and developing new methods for food safety surveillance. We’re taking steps to protect our food supply and prepare for future threats like emerging zoonotic diseases.

Nutrition and access

Food directly affects health and wellbeing, and our researchers incorporate that into research, education, and outreach.

Eating behaviors

How we consume food forms habits that impact health. We’re exploring the factors that influence those eating patterns which can contribute to chronic conditions like obesity, or lead to unhealthy food behaviors like eating disorders.


Our experts extend beyond the classroom, collaborating across the University and within the community to work with policymakers on a variety of healthy eating, food safety and production issues.

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Food is a University of Minnesota priority

The world’s population is expected to grow to more than 9 billion people during the next 40 years, requiring a 70 percent increase in food supply. Despite today’s abundance, nearly one billion people are undernourished, and even in Minnesota, more than 10 percent of our residents lack sufficient food.

The University of Minnesota is bringing researchers with different expertise together to tackle the global food issue and abolish hunger.