Kathleen Rajkowski 2012 IFT Fellows

Kathleen RajkowskiKathleen Rajkowski
, Microbiologist, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, was honored for her 37 years of laboratory experience in basic and applied food research and her team leadership with the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service.

Rajkowski has extensive expertise in microbiology and food safety, particularly pathogen reduction. She was the first to detect the thermal D and irradiation D-value of Listeria monocytogenes, concluding that human bacterial pathogens remained viable in frozen finfish glaze and that UV radiation would be effective against them. The Food Industry Irradiation Coalition used her research as a basis for its petition to use ionizing radiation on food products. In addition, Rajkowski, as a member of the team, was instrumental in obtaining approval of the use of irradiated ground beef in the U.S. National School Lunch Program. She has been a member of IFT since 1974.