MADISON, N.J. — Zoetis Inc., formerly the animal health
business unit of Pfizer, announced a gift of $100,000 for salmonella research to
the Texas Tech University College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Department of Animal and Food Sciences.
The research gift will help provide resources to better
understand and describe the ecology of salmonella in cattle populations and to
discover and evaluate tools that might ultimately result in a safer food
“We believe food safety research is critical to the current
and future health of the cattle industry,” said Rob Kelly, U.S. cattle and
equine business unit vice president at Zoetis. “Consumers expect the food they
serve their families to be wholesome and safe, and they are counting on everyone
in the industry to work together to deliver safe food to families around the
Establishing partnerships with top research institutions
such as Texas Tech University is essential to managing foodborne pathogens like
salmonella during the pre-harvest stage, Kelly said.
“Salmonella continues to threaten human health. With new
understandings of how it interacts with livestock populations, we can develop
better tools that can lead to meaningful improvements in food safety,” said Guy
Loneragan, epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health at
Texas Tech University.
“This sort of industry collaboration is vital to the
discovery and development of tools to keep food safe, and the research gift from
Zoetis will greatly support and enhance our activities to discover and deliver
Because the Zoetis gift is allocated to research and
discovery in the area of salmonella and not tied to a specific project or
endowment, it has a lot of potential, Loneragan said.
“Anticipating every outcome is difficult when working with a
foodborne pathogen like salmonella in cattle,” he said. “The flexibility of this
research gift ensures that we can pursue new developments as they arise.”
Michelle Haven, corporate development, alliances and
solutions senior vice president at Zoetis, said that research focused in the
cattle industry at large will not only help provide important solutions in
salmonella research, but also offer opportunities for education and training for
graduate students at Texas Tech University.
“Texas Tech University has a talented and enthusiastic
research team, including microbiologists, molecular biologists, epidemiologists,
meat scientists, animal scientists and those focusing on education,” she said.
“We’re glad to help bring everyone together to identify these complex problems