Our extension program connects the resources of the Food Science Department with Tennesseans by offering current, accurate, and research-based food science information.  Our goal is to serve as a conduit to provide​ the best information and training for the food industry.
The focus areas of our program include:
Food safety is important for both large and small food manufacturers.  We commonly hear about foodborne illness, outbreaks and recalls in the news.  The University of Tennessee Food Science Extension Program is focused on providing the food industry with unbiased, research-based food safety education.  
Assisting entrepreneurs is another mission of our extension program.  Getting started in the food manufacturing business can be a very daunting task and in most instances entrepreneurs will need some help educating themselves on current state and federal food manufacturing regulations in addition to next steps.  We like to assist Tennesseans as they explore the food manufacturing industry and provide them with timely information.
Food product testing and nutritional labeling is another service that we can assist food manufacturers with here in the Department of Food Science.  We can evaluate products to determine how they would be classified according to state and federal regulations, determine shelflife, and assist with development of a nutrition facts panel.

Do you have questions?  Fill out our contact form to get in touch with someone who can assist you.  To get you started, we highly recommend reading Getting Started in a Food Manufacturing Business in Tennessee. We have also gathered some resources for some of our more popular products such as: acidified foods (pickles, chow-chows) and formulated acid foods (BBQ Sauce, marinades, dressings)
Upcoming Workshops

​Workshop ​Dates ​Location
FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Qualified Individual Training​ 
November 8-10

Murfreesboro, TN

​October 4-5 ​Murfreesboro, TN
EHEDG Advanced Course on Hygienic Deisgn​
October 25-27​ ​Knoxville, TN
Better Process Control School- Online ​On Demand


​Links of Interest


Contact FST Extension

Faith Critzer
Food Safety Extension Specialist
2510 River Dr. 
Knoxville, TN 37996
Email: faithc@utk.edu
Ph: (865)974-7274
Nathan Miller
Extension Assistant
2510 River Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37996
Ph: (865)974-7287