Dr Jeff Kornacki, PhD, MS

    Jeff Kornacki

  • Jeff Kornacki has a PhD in Food Science and Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • IAFP Sanitarian award, 2010
  • Chairman of IAFP’s Food & Hygiene Professional Development Group, 2011 – 2013
  • Editor and Co-Author of Principles of “Microbiological Troubleshooting in the Industrial Food Processing Environment” (Springer, 2010)
  • Co-Editor and Co-Author of “The Microbiological Safety of Low Water Activity Foods and Spices” (Springer, 2014).

Solving food microbiology problems for over 30 years, Dr Jeff Kornacki has provided strategic assistance to industry-leading companies in the midst of FDA and USDA product recalls. With over 700+ troubleshooting-related plant visits in his career, Jeff proudly serves numerous companies across a broad spectrum of food processing industries. Jeff remains adjunct faculty at UGA Department of Food Science (where he was once full-time faculty) and is an active member of IAFP (International Association for Food Protection).


His MS and PhD thesis research addressed contamination concerns with dairy product manufacturing. He has co-authored a patent on ultra-filtered milk cheese production during the four years he worked for Schreiber Foods as a Research Scientist. Twelve subsequent years were spent microbiological troubleshooting, technical writing/editing, and in laboratory management for Silliker Laboratories.

His research built an understanding the impact organic matter (in the presence of condensate) on the survival of microbes on a variety of industrial surfaces and on the enumeration and control of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis.

Presently, he is appointed as Co-Editor & Chief of the 18th edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products.

Accelerated University

Dr. Jeff Kornacki will be involved in the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course. The new FSMA regulation requires that every processing facility have at least one individual trained by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) overseeing the implementation of the facility’s food safety plan and other key tasks. This person is called a ‘Preventive Controls Qualified Individual’. This course will prepare individuals to receive FSPCA certification.