Marcel H. Zwietering




Professor Marcel H. Zwietering has been full professor in Food Microbiology at Wageningen University (WU), The Netherlands, since 2003. Before that time he worked with Danone in France for five years, and worked as associate professor at Wageningen University, where he also obtained his PhD degree.

Next to teaching and research he is a member of several national committees (like the Health Council of the Netherlands and the Committee on Safety Assessment of Novel Foods), and advisory boards ( of the RIVM and the Dutch Food Safety Authority) and member, chair, or vice-chair of many international committees (IAFP, ICPMF, ILSI-Europe, ICMSF). Furthermore he frequently serves as expert in scientific panels (ILSI, FAO/WHO, EFSA, Codex working groups) and as scientific advisor for food industries and public organisations. Marcel is Editor of the International Journal of Food Microbiology, and member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Food Protection and the International Journal of Microbiology.

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