The Department of Food Science and Technology is internationally recognized for its advances in making food and beverages more healthful, appealing and safe. It is the only such department within the University of California and is the state’s principle academic food science research group.
The modern day department was created in 1959 but food science teaching and research has been a part of the university since its inception more than 100 years ago. Today, faculty work in four general areas: food chemistry and biochemistry, microbiology, sensory science, and process engineering and material properties science.
New technologies and processes developed at UC Davis have been instrumental in making high-quality California food and beverage products, including dairy, brewing, seafood, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Food safety research has helped identify and eliminate contamination in handling and processing. Knowledge of nutrients, antioxidants and other food components are helping create more healthful foods. Edible film coatings developed here are used worldwide to protect foods from spoilage while reducing packaging costs.