Produce Safety - Hybrid in-person and remote/virtual Presentation
May 06, 2021
Morning Division - Amanda Deering & Tari Gary
Produce Safety - Hybrid in-person and remote/virtual Presentation

Amanda Deering is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science at Purdue and leads the Produce Safety Education efforts. Amanda obtained her B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Plant Biology from Central Michigan University. She completed her Ph.D. at Purdue University in Food Microbiology and Food Safety specializing in plants and fresh produce. 

Dr. Deering's research focuses on examining internalization of human pathogenic bacteria in plants and various routes of contamination that can contribute to plants harboring pathogenic bacteria. She also works in the development of novel post-harvest sanitizers for the reduction of bacteria on fresh produce.

Dr. Deering works directly with the fresh produce industry and has vast experience with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and post-harvest processing operations. She is a lead team member of the Safe Produce Indiana program. 

Dr. Deering is a member of the Purdue Afghanistan Team that is re-developing a university system in agriculture in that war-torn country. Dr. Deering along with Dr. Haley Oliver are training students and faculty about food safety and how they can teach others. 

Awards & Honors

  • Purdue University College of Agriculture Millionaire’s Club. (2019) Purdue University.
  • Purdue Outstanding Extension Faculty Award. (2018) Purdue Extension.
  • Purdue University Seed for Success Award. (2017) Purdue University.
  • GMA Food Safety Award. (2017) Grocery Manufacuturers Association .
  • Purdue University Bravo Award. (2017) Purdue Food Science.
  • Purdue University Seed for Success Award. (2016) Purdue University.
  • FDA Food Safety Challenge Winner. (2015) Food and Drug Administration. 
  • Indiana Extension Educators Association Team Award—Food Safety for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Issue-Based Action Team. (2014) Purdue Extension.

Tari Gary is the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Food Safety Outreach Coordinator 

Tari works as the Food Safety Outreach Coordinator at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). Tari graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s in Food Science in 2016 and worked as a QA manager for Weston Foods before joining ISDA in July 2019. At ISDA, Tari leads outreach efforts and serves as a Produce Safety Alliance trainer for the Safe Produce Indiana program. Safe Produce Indiana aims to educate Indiana produce growers about the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule and food safety best practices to help them prepare for regulation.  

This is a hybrid meeting - you can attend in-person or online by joining our zoom meeting at:
Meeting ID: 761 801 4233

Our presenters will be presenting remotely.