A Texas Tech professor has been appointed to a national committee.

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has appointed Tech Professor Guy Loneragan to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

Loneragan, an epidemiologist, said “It is an incredible honor and responsibility to be appointed to this committee. Moreover, this appointment highlights the level of prominence of the internationally respected food safety program that Texas Tech receives.”

The committee provides impartial scientific advice to federal agencies to use in developing integrated food safety systems from farm to table and to ensure food safety in domestic and imported foods.

Loneragan’s research focuses primarily on epidemiological approaches to food safety.