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Inspector Isabel J. Foode

Isabel Foode

Isabel Foode was appointed Inspector of Meats in 1991. She manages an organisation of 50 field inspectors operating nationwide, a technical staff of 20 based in a central laboratory where microbiological and genetic analyses of meats are carried out, and an administrative staff of 5. Inspector Foode reports to the Deputy Minister of Public Health.

Inspector Foode's personal research interest is in the detection and identification of microbial pathogens in meats. She works towards improving the handling of meats in order to reduce the risk to the public of contracting meat-borne diseases.


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Food Science & Nutrition, University of Guelph 1985
  • Master of Science (MSc) - Food Science, Cornell University 1988
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) - University of Waterloo 1990

Selected Publications

  • Hops, A. J., O. Ivanich, Y. U. Grwn, K. K. Songgale, and I. J. Foode. 2008. Fecal shedding by dairy cattle increases risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in meat-packing operations. Prev. Vet. Med. 30:27-35
  • Foode, I. J. 2008. Managing Meat - the challenge of producing healthy food. Annual Report of the International Federation for Clean and Safe Food.
  • Foode, I. J., M. Widemouse, and A. J. Boon. 2007. Evaluation of a tissue culture-based approach for differentiating between Listeria monocytogenes from meat and vegetable foods. J. Food Prot. 85: 1348-1354.
  • Kazmirov, M., I. Foode, and A. J. Boon. 2006. Contributions of Salmonella enterica bQ and PbrfA to expression of virulence and stress response genes during intracellular growth. Microbiology Advances 152: 1899-1904.


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