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UGA food science student named winner of ‘Testing for Life’ award

By Jennifer Reynolds University of Georgia Photo by Jennifer Reynolds/UGA UGA Center for Food Safety doctoral student Zhihan Xian theorized that testing the microbiome of foods could be a means of determining their source of origin.

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ATHENS, Ga. — Zhihan Xian’s innovative research into new methods of food origin tracing has been named this year’s winner of the Testing for Life Student Award by AOAC International, a nonprofit association that was established in 1884 and seeks to set standards of analysis to help ensure food safety globally.

Xian, a doctoral student in food science at the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is on the leading edge of research of food origin authentication. Typically done with chemical analysis, food origin authentication is a method of testing food to ensure that it. . .

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