Dr. Robson A. M. Machado
Assistant Extension Professor and Food Science Specialist
Degree: Ph.D. 2016 – The Pennsylvania State University
Location: 346 Hitchner Hall
Professional Interests: Food Microbiology, Food Safety, Extension, Experimental Design
Teaching: FSN 512 Current Food Safety Systems, FSN 340 Food Processing Laboratory
Research: I am a Food Science Specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and School of Food & Agriculture. I assist the farms and the food industry with research, food testing, and educational programs in areas of food science and food safety. I am especially involved with training regarding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). I am the only lead trainer for the FSMA Produce Safety Rule in the state. I have statewide responsibilities in helping Maine farmers and food entrepreneurs develop safe foods, while assisting processors to address changing regulations when commercializing local food and beverage products.
Machado, R. A. M., Cutter, C. N. 2018. Training hard-to-reach Pennsylvanian cheesemakers about food safety using a low-tech training tool. Food Protection Trends. In Press.
Machado, R. A. M., Cutter, C. N. 2017. Sanitation indicators as a tool to evaluate a food safety and sanitation training program for farmstead cheese processors. Food Control. Vol. 78, Pages 264–269.
Machado, R. A. M., Radhakrishna, R., Cutter, C. N. 2017. Food Safety of Farmstead Cheese Processors in Pennsylvania: An Initial Needs Assessment. Food Protection Trends. Vol. 37, No. 2.
Vandeputte, E. G., Pivarnik, L., Scheinberg, J. A., Machado, R. A. M., Cutter, C. N., and Lofgren, I. E. 2015. An Assessment of Food Safety Handling Practices at Farmers’ Markets in Rhode Island Using a Smartphone Application. Food Protection Trends. Vol. 35, No. 6.
Machado, R. A. M., Scheinberg, J. A., Pivarnik, L., and Cutter, C. N. 2015. Use of the Smartphone Application “Food Safe Surveys” for Data Collection During Direct Concealed Observations. Food Protection Trends. Vol. 35, No. 5.