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Faith Critzer

Faith Critzer

Associate Professor & Produce Safety Extension Specialist

Email: faith.critzer@wsu.edu

Phone: (509) 786-9203
Office: Multipurpose Bldg RM 120

*Currently accepting applications for PhD Students in the area of preharvest and postharvest produce safety

Research and Professional Experience

  1. Associate Professor, Washington State University, Food Science, Jan 2018- Present
  2. Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Food Science, July 2017-Dec 2017
  3. Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Food Science, Oct 2011- July 2017
  4. Food Scientist, Bush Brothers & Co., Research & Development, 2010-2011
  5. Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Center for Food Safety, 2008-2010
  6. Graduate Research Assistant, University of Tennessee, Food Science & Technology, 2003-2008

Honors and Awards

  1. 2017, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, T.J. Whatley Distinguished Young Scientist Award
  2. 2016, Institute of Food Technologist, Emerging Leaders Network Participant
  3. 2015, Institute of Food Technologist, Outstanding Member, Food Microbiology Division
  4. 2014, Institute of Food Technologists Past Chair, Food Microbiology Division

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Zhang, Y., H. Chen, F. Critzer, P. Davidson, and Q. Zhong. 2017. Potential of cinnamon oil emulsions as alternative washing solutions of carrots. J Food Prot. 80(6): 994-1001.
  2. Harrison, J., F. Critzer, and M. Harrison. 2016. Regulatory and food safety knowledge gaps associated with small and very small food businesses as identified by regulators and food safety educators- implications for food safety training. Food Prot. Trends 36(6): 420-427. (Assistance with survey too development and manuscript editing).
  3. Q. Ma, Zhang, Y., F. Critzer, P.M. Davidson, Q. Zhong. 2016. Quality attributes and microbial survival on whole cantaloupes with antimicrobial coatings containing chitosan, lauric arginate, cinnamon oil and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. Int J Food Microbiol. 235:103-108. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  4. Q. Ma, Zhang, Y., F. Critzer, P.M. Davidson, Q. Zhong. 2016. Antimicrobial activities of lauric arginate and cinnamon oil combination against foodborne pathogens: Improvement by ethylenediaminetetraacetate and possible mechanisms. LWT Food Sci Technol. 72:9-18. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  5. Zhang, Y., Q. Ma, F. Critzer, P.M. Davidson, Q. Zhong. 2016. Organic thyme oil emulsion as an alternative washing solution to enhance the microbial safety of organic cantaloupes. Food Control 67: 31-38. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  6. Monu, E.A., C. Techathuvanan, A. Wallis, F.J. Critzer, P.M. Davidson. 2016. Plant essential oils and components on growth of spoilage yeasts in microbiological media and a model salad dressing. Food Control 65: 73-77. (Provided input to design of experiments, analysis of data, and review of manuscript).
  7. Dunn, L.L., P.M. Davidson, F.J. Critzer. 2016. Antimicrobial Efficacy of an Array of Essential Oils Against Lactic Acid Bacteria. J Food Sci. 81(2): M438-M444. (Advisee, Corresponding author, Oversaw design of experiments, research, analysis of data, primary review of manuscript and submission of manuscript).
  8. Ma, Q., Y. Zhang, F. Critzer, P.M. Davidson, S. Zivanovic, Q. Zhong. 2016. Physical, mechanical, and antimicrobial properties of chitosan films with microemulsions of cinnamon bark oil and soybean oil. Food Hydrocolloid. 52: 533-542. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  9. Zhang, Y., Q. Ma, F. Critzer, P.M. Davidson, Q. Zhong. 2015. Effect of alginate coatings with cinnamon bark oil and soybean oil on quality and microbiological safety of cantaloupe. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 215: 25-30. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  10. Zhang, Y., M. Qiumin, F. Critzer, P.M. Davidson, Q. Zhong. 2015. Physical and antibacterial properties of alginate films containing cinnamon bark oil and soybean oil. LWT Food Sci. Tech. 64(1): 423-430. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  11. Chen, W., D. A. Golden, F. Critzer, and P.M. Davidson. 2015. Antimicrobial Activity of Cinnamaldehyde, Carvacrol, and Lauric Arginate against Salmonella Tennessee in a Glycerol-Sucrose Model and Peanut Paste at Different Fat Concentrations. J Food Prot. 78(8):1488-1495. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  12. Zhang, L.H., F.J. Critzer, P.M. Davidson, Q.X. Zhong. 2014. Formulating essential oil microemulsions as washing solutions for organic fresh produce production. Food Chem. 165: 113-118. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  13. Chen, W., D. A. Golden, and F. Critzer. 2014.  Salmonella Survival and Differential Expression of Fatty Acid Biosynthesis Associated Genes in a Low Water Activity Food.  Lett. Appl. Microbiol. 59(2): 133-138. (Corresponding author, Oversaw design of experiments, research, analysis of data, primary review of manuscript and submission of manuscript).
  14. Luo, Y.C., Y. Zhang, K. Pan, F.J. Critzer, P.M. Davidson, and Q. Zhong. Self-emulsification of Alkaline-dissoved Clove Bud Oil by Whey Protein, Gum Arabic, Lecithin, and Their Combinations. J. Agric. Food Chem. 62 (19) 4417-4424. (Assistance with design of experiments and editing manuscript).
  15. Andino, A., S. Pendelton, N. Zhang, W. Chen, F. Critzer, and I. Hanning. 2014. Survival of Salmonella enterica in poultry feed is strain dependent. Poult Sci. 93(2):441-447. (Assistance with experimental method and editing manuscript).
  16. Davidson, P.M., F.J. Critzer, and T.M. Taylor. 2013. Naturally Occurring Antimicrobials for Minimally Processed Foods. Ann. Rev. Food Sci. Technol. 4: 163-190. (Wrote and edited sections of the review).
  17. Critzer, F.J. and M.P. Doyle. 2010.  Microbial Ecology of Foodborne Pathogens Associated with Produce.  Curr. Opin. Biotechnol.  21(2): 125-130. (Primary author).
  18. Critzer, F.J., D.H. D’Souza, A.M. Saxton, D.A. Golden. 2010. Increased Transcription of the Phosphate Specific Transport (Pst) System of Escherichia coli O157:H7 After Exposure to Sodium Benzoate.  J. Food Prot.  73(5): 819-824. (Primary author).
  19. D’Souza D.H., Critzer F.J., Golden D.A. 2009.  Real-Time Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction for the Rapid Detection of Salmonella Using invA Primers. Foodborne Path. Dis. 6:1097-1106. (Conducted laboratory experiments, analyzed data, and edited manuscript).
  20. Critzer, F.J., D.H. D’Souza, and D.A. Golden. 2008.  Transcription analysis of stx1, marA, and eaeA genes in Escherichia coli O157:H7 treated with sodium benzoate.  J. Food Prot. 71(7): 1469-1474. (Primary author).
  21. Pedigo, A.S., F.J. Critzer, and D.A. Golden. 2007. Inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in apple juice as affected by cranberry juice concentration and holding temperature. Food Prot. Trends 27(12): 952-956. (Assisted with design of experiment and edited manuscript).
  22. Critzer, F.J., K. Kelly-Wintenberg, S. South, J.R. Roth, and D.A. Golden. 2007. Atmospheric plasma inactivation of foodborne pathogens on fresh produce surfaces. J. Food Prot. 70(10): 2290-2296. (Primary author).
  23. Kayes, M.M., F.J. Critzer, K. Kelly-Wintenberg, J.R. Roth, T.C. Montie, and D.A. Golden. 2006. Inactivation of foodborne pathogens using a one atmosphere uniform glow discharge plasma. Foodborne Path. Dis. 4(1):50-59. (Wrote manuscript and analyzed experiment results).

Books and Book Chapters

  1. F.J. Critzer. 2017. An Introduction to Microorganisms That Can Impact Products Sold at Farmers Markets. In J. Harrison (ed.) Food Safety for Farmers Markets: A Guide to Enhancing Safety of Local Foods
  2. F.J. Critzer. 2017. Food Safety Considerations for Meat and Poultry Vendors. In J. Harrison (ed.) Food Safety for Farmers Markets: A Guide to Enhancing Safety of Local Foods
  3. F.J. Critzer. 2017. Food Safety Considerations for All Other Foods Sold and Farmers Markets. In J. Harrison (ed.) Food Safety for Farmers Markets: A Guide to Enhancing Safety of Local Foods
  4. Vasavada, P.C. and F.J. Critzer. 2015. Psychrotrophic Microorganisms. In Y. Salfinger and M.L.Tortorello (eds.) Compendium of Methods for the Microbiological Examination of Foods. APHA Press, Washington, DC.
  5. Davidson, P.M. and F.J. Critzer. 2012.  Interventions to Inhibit or Inactivate Bacterial Pathogens in Foods, p189-202. In O.A. Oyarzabal and S. Backert (eds.) Microbial Food Safety An Introduction.  Springer, New York, NY.

Peer-Reviewed Extension Bulletins

  1. Hughes, D., A. Griffith, D. Mendez, R. Holland, F. Critzer, and K. Ferguson. 2016. PB 1843-C. Regional Milk Supply for a Possible Tennessee Milk Plant.
  2. Holland, R. and F. Critzer. 2016. PB 1843-B. A Preliminary Review of Dairy Licensing, Inspection and Regulatory Oversight in Tennessee.
  3. Morris, W.C., F.J. Critzer, and W. Pepper. 2012. PB 1399. Getting Started in a Food Manufacturing Business in Tennessee.

Peer-Reviewed Extension Factsheets

  1. Leffew, M. and F. Critzer. 2016. D 26. Food Manufacturing Regulations for Honey Processing, Packing and Storage in Tennessee.
  2. Leffew, M. and F. Critzer. 2016. D 27. Food Manufacturing Regulations for Sorghum Mills in Tennessee.
  3. Critzer, F. 2016. D 28. Food Safety Risks Associated with Consumption of Raw Milk.
  4. Holland, R., M. Leffew, H. Pepper, and F. Critzer. 2014. D 14. Husking Walnuts for Sale in Tennessee.
  5. Holland, R., M. Leffew, H. Pepper, and F. Critzer. 2014. D 15. Personal Use and Consumption of Milk by Animal Owner: TCA-53-3-119.
  6. Wszelaki, A.L. and F.J. Critzer. 2014. SP 768-A. Locally Grown Produce Series: Farm to School Self-Help Form.
  7. Wszelaki, A.L. and F.J. Critzer. 2014. SP 768-B. Locally Grown Produce Series: Introduction.
  8. Wszelaki, A.L. and F.J. Critzer. 2014. SP 768-C. Locally Grown Produce Series: Does Your Produce Make the Grade?
  9. Wszelaki, A.L. and F.J. Critzer. 2014. SP 768-D. Locally Grown Produce Series: Washing Produce.
  10. Wszelaki, A.L. and F.J. Critzer. 2014. SP 768-E. Locally Grown Produce Series: What’s in Season?
  11. Wszelaki, A.L. and F.J. Critzer. 2014. SP 768-F. Locally Grown Produce Series: Storage of Fresh Produce.
  12. Leffew, M.B. and F.J. Critzer. 2014. SP 764. Adding Value to Specialty Crops: Obtaining UPC Barcodes for Wholesale Sales.
  13. Critzer, F.J. and W. Pepper. 2013. SP 749. Food Safety Best Practices for Farmers Markets.
  14. Critzer, F.J. 2012. SP 747-A. Tennessee Food Entrepreneurship Series. Manufacturing Acidified Foods in Tennessee.
  15. Critzer, F.J., P.M. Davidson, J.R. Mount. 2012. SP 747-B. Tennessee Food Entrepreneurship Series. Manufacturing Formulated Acid Foods in Tennessee.
  16. Amundson, S., G. McCarty, F.J. Critzer, A. Wszelaki. 2012. SP 740-A. Testing Water for Fruit and Vegetable Production.
  17. Amundson, S., G. McCarty, F.J. Critzer, D. Lockwood, A. Wszelaki, and E. Bihn. 2012. SP 740-B. Interpreting Water Quality Test Results for Fruit and Vegetable Production.
  18. Critzer, F.J. and A.L. Wszelaki. 2012. SP 746-A. Developing a Worker Health and Hygiene Program for Fruit and Vegetable Harvesting and Packing Operations.
  19. Critzer, F.J. and A.L. Wszelaki. 2012. SP 746-B. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification in Tennessee.

 

Education

Ph.D., Food Science & Technology, University of Tennessee, 2004-2008

M.S., Food Science & Technology, University of Tennessee, 2003-2004

B.S., Food Science & Technology, University of Tennessee, 2002-2003

B.S., Animal Science, University of Tennessee, 1997-2001

Physical Mail

Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center
24106 N. Bunn Rd
Prosser, Washington 99350