Professor and FSQA Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Food Science
Dr. Farber is a Professor and the Food Safety Quality Assurance (FSQA) Program Coordinator in the Department of Food Science, University of Guelph. He recently stepped down as the Director of the Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, in the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada, where he worked for over 25 years. As Director at Health Canada, Dr. Farber was responsible for leading a dynamic team composed of national and international scientists committed to research and policy related to microbial food safety. His expertise in food safety and public health has led to many global partners in key areas of academia, population and public health, government and industry.
Dr. Farber has been instrumental in advancing the development of policy approaches on emerging microbial food safety issues in Canada and at a global level. He has extensive experience working at the international level, in particular with FAO and WHO. He is also a Past-President of the International Association for Food Protection, and a member and Treasurer of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF). He is also a member of the Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Working Group of the New York Academy of Sciences, and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Produce Safety, based in the USA.
Dr. Farber has over 150 publications, plus numerous Book Chapters and has edited 4 books. He has also received numerous personal and team awards, the most recent being a Science and Technology award from the Canadian Meat Council.