Extension Service Hires Food Safety and Home Food Preservation Specialist

The University of Georgia has hired Carla Schwan as an assistant professor and as the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Specialist in Food Security and Home Food Preservation in the College of Family Sciences and consumption of the UGA. She starts work this month.

Carla Schwan, Assistant Professor and UGA Extension Food Safety Specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Schwan will also serve as director of the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP), which provides research-based recommendations for most home food preservation methods.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Schwan to our department,” said Lynn Bailey, head of the college’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and Flatt Professor of Nutritional Sciences. “She brings impressive credentials and is ideally qualified to lead our research-based food safety and home food preservation outreach program.”

Schwan said, “I am very humbled and thrilled to join such a great department and university. It really is a dream come true. I hope to create a research agenda that contributes to and advances food safety and home food preservation, as well as meeting people where they are in my extension role.

Previously, Schwan was a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State University’s Food Science Institute, where she also earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in food safety and foodborne disease prevention.

As director of NCHFP, Schwan will serve as a content expert for county officers in Georgia and across the country. His appointment will be mainly extension-oriented and with some research.

Schwan is a member of the International Food Protection Association and the American Society for Microbiology.

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