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Mission

Our mission is to develop and deliver state-of-the-art, science-based methods that improve the post-harvest processing, preservation, quality, marketing and consumption of safe and nutritious foods. This effort extends to the development of value-added food and feed. A top priority is ensuring the productivity and end-user quality of specific crops, notably cucumber, peanut, sweetpotato, pepper and cabbage. Towards that end, we conduct research on the latest in fermentation procedures, microbiome analyses, product chemistry and safety, as well as nutritional and performance analyses. Throughout, we strive to ensure our research and outreach efforts are responsive to the high-priority needs of a diverse cadre of stakeholders—from farmers and food and allied industries, to regulatory agencies and consumers.
The Food Science and Market Quality and Handling Research Unit is located in Raleigh, NC and is part of the SOUTHEAST AREA.
The Research Leader is Muquarrab Qureshi.
Email: muquarrab.qureshi@usda.gov
Phone: 919-515-7781
Fax: 919-513-0180
Food Science & Market Quality & Handling Res. Unit
322 Schaub Hall, Box 7624, NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695