Steve Larsen has joined the National Pork Board as the director of pork safety. He recently worked as senior food technologist for Tyson Foods where he was part of the company’s food safety and Salmonella task forces. Larsen also participated in research and projects studying product shelf life and food safety.

Larsen is a graduate of Iowa StateUniversity where he completed his bachelor’s degree in animal science, a master’s degree in meat science and a doctorate of philosophy in veterinary microbiology. 

Larsen’s research interests include the effect of dietary supplements on meat quality, and the effect of pre-harvest processing, including lairage, on the prevalence of salmonella and other bacterial contaminants on the meat from market sows.

As director of pork safety, Larsen will develop and implement pre-harvest pork safety programs including those related to preventing microbiological, physical and chemical hazards in pork. He also will oversee pre-harvest and post-harvest pork safety research projects.

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