Under the leadership of President Fadlo Khuri and FAFS Deans, Dr. Issmat I. Kassem (Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, FAFS) and the Office of Grants and Contracts (OGC) at AUB successfully submitted and acquired a grant to establish a state-of-the-art laboratory to address issues that intersect with all facets of food safety, a major societal concern affecting human health and socioeconomic growth, both locally and globally.
In Lebanon, food safety issues are tangible and have been confounded by absence of a concentrated scientific effort to identify and mitigate deficiencies that might lead to debilitating illnesses in the population.
The Laboratory for the Detection and Control of Foodborne Pathogens (LDCP), under the supervision of Dr. Kassem, is designed to address these needs and is poised to be one of a kind in the MENA region. LDCP will be instrumental in training a cadre of multidisciplinary professionals and will serve as an asset to stakeholders of the food-water-health nexus. LDCP is supported by ASHA-USAID (approx. $1.5 million) and will be housed in the NFSC department at FAFS. A satellite laboratory at AREC is included and will effectively serve the pressing needs of its surrounding communities and their agricultural initiatives.