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(left to right) Prof Patrick O’Shea, President of UCC, Nora Cash, Award Recipient, Ray Bowe Head of Food Safety & Quality Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, and Prof Gerard Fitzgerald Head of School of Microbiology UCC.

The SuperValu Award for Excellence in Food Microbiology was presented in UCC recently by Ray Bowe, Head of Food Safety & Quality, Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland.

Launched in 2015, the award is presented to the highest performing Final Year Masters student in the Food Microbiology Faculty. Safe, nutritious food is of vital importance to all consumers and research in the area of microbiology provides the platform for the developing that knowledge. UCC has a long tradition in this field which was the principle reason for the original partnership between SuperValu and UCC.

Ray Bowe commented: “The leading-edge microbiological research conducted by the team at UCC is recognised globally and we are delighted to honour this endeavour. The SuperValu Excellence in Food Microbiology Award is now in its fifth year and reflects the continuing positive association between UCC and SuperValu Food Safety & Quality Team.

“The Masters research undertaken by Nora Cash was in the area of Bifidobacteria which is of critical importance to gut flora health in infants. Such research helps to further support Ireland’s leadership in the global infant nutrition industry. We wish Nora every success in her future career.”

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