Keynote Speakers

Xuetong Fan

Dr. Xuetong Fan is a Research Food Technologist and Lead Scientist with the USDA, ARS, Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, PA. Dr. Fan received his B.S. from Beijing Agricultural University, and M.S. and Ph. D. from Washington State University.  Currently he leads a multidisciplinary research group focusing on the integration of effective intervention technologies and treatments to enhance microbial safety of fresh fruits and vegetables with a holistic approach addressing food quality and spoilage microorganisms.  The ultimate goal of the project is to develop technologies to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses associated with consumption of fresh produce, while maintaining acceptable sensory and nutritional product quality, chemical safety and shelf-life of fresh and fresh-cut produce. The specific objectives of the research group are to develop and optimize single intervention technologies and new antimicrobial packaging/coating-based technologies to reduce pathogen populations, maintain quality, and extend shelf-life of fresh produce, and determine the synergistic/additive effectiveness of combining non-thermal processing, antimicrobial packaging and effective chemical interventions. Over the last two decades, Dr. Fan has worked on many different technologies and treatments including controlled atmosphere storage, modulation of fruit ripening by jasmonate, application of 1-methylcyclopropene, and non-thermal processing technologies (ionizing irradiation, UV, pulsed electric filed, high pressure processing, etc.). Currently, his research involves gaseous and aerosolized antimicrobials, advanced oxidation process, chlorine byproducts, antibrowning formulations, and natural and bio-based compounds.  Dr. Fan has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and co-edited four books on a variety of subjects.


Title: Sensory properties, nutrients, and shelf-life of fresh and fresh-cut produce as influenced by effective food safety intervention technologies