Angela Fraser

Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences Department

Office: 206 Poole
Phone: 864-656-3652
Fax: 864-656-0331


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Food Science
Michigan State Universitsy 1995

M.S. Institutional Administration
Michigan State University 1987

B.S. Dietetics
Michigan State University 1984

 Courses Taught

NUTR 2160: Evidence-based Nutrition
FDSC 3060: Institutional Foodservice Operations
NUTR 4190: Professional Development for Human Nutrition
FDSC 8150: Advanced Foodservice with a Focus on Food Safety
FDSC 8020: Special Topics: Introduction to Research Methods


I have 27 years of experience in the area of food safety/infectious disease control prevention. My first exposure to the field was while working as an Environmental Health Specialist in the State of Michigan. My years as an EHS helped me to understand the importance of designing and delivering high quality, theoretically sound educational interventions leading me to pursue a Ph.D. During the last two years of my Ph.D. studies, I was able to translate classroom theory into practice as a Food Safety Extension Specialist at Michigan State University. During summers I also taught in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan allowing me to integrate my love of food science/food safety with public health practice. Before coming to Clemson University in 2008, I was a faculty member at North Carolina State University for 12 years. During my tenure at NCSU, I developed many educational interventions that were used across the State of North Carolina as well as adopted by other state Extension Services. To date, I have graduated 7 M.S. students and am currently supervising three M.S. students, two Ph.D. students, and two full-time staff members.

 Research Interests

Since 2008, I have secured over $4 million in external competitive grants to develop and evaluate educational interventions designed to prevent foodborne disease and acute gastroenteritis. Education, training, and communication are recognized by FAO and WHO as critical components of a food safety system. Most of my work is conducted in institutional settings -- child care, long-term care, and schools. At present, I am a Co-PI and Core Leader for Outreach/Extension of a USDA-funded project aimed to reduce the burden of illness attributed to human noroviruses. My research team is responsible for the completion of three major projects targeting food safety professionals, consumers, and the foodservice industry. First, we are designing a series of web-based modules using Revised Bloom's Taxonomy as its underpinning to educate food safety professionals about noroviruses. Secondly, we completed a nationally representative survey of U.S. adults to determine their knowledge about noroviruses to inform development of educational interventions. We also evaluated a series of norovirus education materials available in English, French, and Spanish using a content analysis methodology to determine the accuracy and readability of the content. Lastly, in Summer 2015, in conjunction with Dr. Xiuping Jiang's research group, we completed the analysis of over 4000 environmental swabs to determine the presence of noroviruses in foodservice public bathrooms under non-outbreak conditions. We are also developing vomit/fecal matter clean-up guidelines, required by the 2013 FDA Food Code, and will begin evaluating the guidelines in 2016. In addition to my food safety/infectious disease control work, I am also working on a community-based project to assess the readiness of congregate nutrition sites to implement educational interventions as we hypothesize context directly effects implementation of information.


Chao, M.G., A-J. Dube, C.M. Leone, C.M. Leone, A.M. Fraser. 2016. Content Analysis of Vomit and Diarrhea Cleanup Procedures to Prevent Norovirus Infections in Retail and Food Service Operations. Journal of Food Protection. 79(11):1946-1952.

Yeargin, T., D. Buckley, A. Fraser, X. Jiang. The survival and inactivation of enteric viruses on soft surfaces: A systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Infection Control. 44(11):1368-1376.

Evans, H., M. Getty, M. Finney, C. Leone, and A. Fraser. 2016. Accuracy and Readability of Information about Human Noroviruses in Food Safety Education Materials Targeting Consumers. Food Protection Trends 36(2):133-139.

Leone, C., L. Jaykus, S. Cates, and A. Fraser. A Review of State Licensing Regulations to Determine Compliance with Evidence-based Practices to Prevent Human Norovirus Infections in Child-Care Centers. Public Health Reports. 131(3):449-460.

Evans, H., M. Chao, C.M. Leone, M. Finney, and A. Fraser. 2016. Content Analysis of Web-based Norovirus Education Materials Targeting Consumers Who Handle Food: An Assessment of Alignment and Readability. Food Control 65:32-36.

Leone, C.M., C. Tang, J. Sharp, X. Jiang, and A. Fraser. A Systematic Literature Review on the Presence of Human Noroviruses on Bathroom Surfaces. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 26:1-13.

Evans, H., M. Getty, C.M. Leone, M. Finney, and A. Fraser. Accuracy and Readability of Information about Human Noroviruses in Food Safety Education Materials Targeting Consumers. Food Protection Trends. 36(2):133-139.

Jayasekara, L., C.M. Leone, J. Sharp, M. Getty, and A. Fraser. Environmental Factors Associated with Human Norovirus Transmission in Long-term Care Facilities in South Carolina. Journal of Environmental Health. 79:22-29.

Jayasekara, L., C.M. Leone, J. Sharp, and A. Fraser. Preventing and Controlling Human Noroviruses in South Carolina Long-term Care Facilities: An Analysis of Institutional Policies and Procedures. American Journal of Infection Control 43:1276-80.

Leone, C.M., L. Jayasekara, J. Sharp, and A. Fraser. 2016. Prevention and Control Practices for Human Noroviruses in Long-term Care Facilities in South Carolina. American Journal of Infection Control. 44:24-29.

Dharmasena, M., F. Barron, A. Fraser, and X. Jiang. 2015. Refrigerated Shelf Life of a Coconut Water Oatmeal Mix and the Viability of Lactobacillus plantarum. Foods. 4(3): 328-337.

Yeargin, T., A. Fraser, G. Huang, and X. Jiang. 2015. Recovery and Disinfection of Two Human Norovirus Surrogates, Feline Calicivirus and Murine Norovirus, from Hard Non-Porous and Soft Porous Surfaces. Journal of Food Protection 78(10):1842-1850.

Getty, M., M. Mueller, E. Amella, E., and A. Fraser. 2015. Assessment of Medical and Life-style Risk Factors for Malnutrition Limited-Resource Older Adults in a Rural U.S. State: A Descriptive Study. Journal for Nutrition and the Elderly.

Cates, S. C., Kosa, K. M., Brophy, J. E., Hall, A., and Fraser, A. 2015. Consumer Education Needed on Norovirus Prevention and Control: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey of U.S. Adults. Journal of Food Protection. 78(3):484-490.

Fraser, A., M. Getty, E. Amella, and M. Mueller. 2016. Cooking Healthy, Eating Smart: A Strategically-Timed Formative Evaluation of a Community-Based Nutrition and Food Safety Program for Rural Older Adults. Journal of Extension. 54(3):3IAW2.

Fraser, A.M., K. Wohlgenant, S. Cates, X. Chen, L.A. Jaykus, Y. Li, and B. Chapman. 2015. An Observational Study of Frequency of Provider Hand Contacts in Child-Care Facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. American Journal of Infection Control 43(2):107-111.

Tung-Thompson, G., J. Gentry-Shields, A. Fraser, and L. Jaykus. 2015. Persistence of Human Norovirus RT-qPCR signals in Simulated Gastric Fluid. Food and Environmental Microbiology 7(1): 32-40.

Viator, K., J. Blitstein, J. Brophy, and A. Fraser. 2015. Preventing and Controlling Foodborne Disease in Commercial and Institutional Foodservice Settings: A Systematic Review. Journal of Food Protection 78(2):446-456.

Kosa, K., S. Cates, J., A. Hall, J. Brophy, A. Fraser. 2014. Knowledge of Norovirus Prevention and Control among Infection Preventionists. American Journal of Infection Prevention. 42(6):676–678.

Kosa, K., S. Cates, A. Hall, J. Brophy, and A.Fraser. 2014. Gaps in Food Safety Professionals’ Knowledge about Noroviruses. Journal of Food Protection. 77 (8):1336-1341.

Li, Y., L.A. Jaykus, S. Cates, K. Wohlgenant, X. Chen, and A.M. Fraser. 2014. Hygienic conditions in child-care facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina: An integrated microbial and observational study. American Journal of Infection Control. 42(7):781-786.

Wohlgenant, K.C., S.C. Cates, A.M. Fraser, B. Chapman, L-A Jaykus, X Chen. 2014. Sanitation in Classroom and Food Preparation Areas in Child-Care Facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. Journal of Environmental Health. 77(4):20-27.

Li Y., Fraser A., Cates S., Wohlgenant K., Jaykus L. 2014. Microbiological analysis of Environmental Samples Derived from Child-care Facilities in the Southeastern United States. American Journal of Infection Control. 42(10):1049-1055.

Fraser, A., Henderson, A., Sturgis, R., Zeller, M. 2013. It Starts With the Recipe: Evaluation Process of Selecting Recipes Targeting Rural Southern Older Adults. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences. 106(1):X-X.

Aljaloud, S. O., Ibrahim, S. A., Fraser, A., Song, T., & Shahbazi, A. 2013. Microbiological Quality and Safety of Dietary Supplements in Saudi Arabia. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, 25(8).

Aljaloud, S. O., Song, D., Fraser, A. M., & Ibrahim, S. A. 2013. Microbiological Quality of Dairy Protein Supplements Sold in Saudi Arabia markets. J. Dairy Sci. Vol. 93, E-Suppl. 1.

Tajkarimi, M., S. A. Ibrahim and A. M. Fraser. 2013. Food Safety Challenges Associated with Traditional Foods of the Middle East – Jordan and the Region. Trends in Food Science and Technology. 2:116-123.

Nummer, B.A., D.W. Schaffner, A.M. Fraser, and E.A. Andress. Current Food Safety Issues of Home-prepared Vegetables and Herbs Stored in Oil. Food Protection Trends. 31(6):336-342.

Fraser, A.M. and B. Nummer. Surveying the Food Safety Training Needs of Environmental Health Specialists in the U.S. 2010. Journal of Environmental Health. 72(8):18-23.

Nummer, B., A.M. Fraser, J. Marcy, and R. Klein. 2010. Assessing Food Safety Training Needs of Environmental Health Specialists in the U.S: Focus Group Summary. Journal of Environmental Health. 72(8):16-17.

Fraser, A.M. and S.R. Alani. 2009. Food Safety Education for Arabic-Speaking Food Industry Workers. Journal of Environmental Health. 72(2):30-32.

Winter, C.K., A.M. Fraser, S.K. Hovey, S. McCurdy, J. Gleason. 2009. Food Safety Education Using Music Parodies. Journal of Food Science Education. 8(3):62-67.

Pascall, M., K. Lee, A.M. Fraser, and L. 2009. Using Focus Groups to Study Consumer Understanding and Experiences with Tamper-Evident Packaging Devices. Journal of Food Science Education. 8(2):53-59.

Ibrahim, S., T. Tse, S.R. Alani, and A.M. Fraser. 2009. Antibacterial Activity of a Crude Chive Extract against Salmonella in Culture Medium, Beef Broth, and Chicken Broth. Food Protection Trends. 29(3):155-160.

Mitchell, R.E., Fraser, A.M. and Bearon, L.B. 2007. Preventing Foodborne Illness in Foodservice Establishments: Broadening the Framework for Intervention and Research on Safe Food Handling Behaviors. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 17(1):9-24.

Fraser, A.M., D. Pittet, J. Arbogast, L. Jaykus, and R. Linton. 2012. Rethinking Hand Hygiene in the Retail and Foodservice Industries: Are Recommended Procedures Based on the Best Science and Practical under Real-World Conditions? Food Protection Trends. 32(12):750-759.

Fraser, A.M. and O. Simmons. 2015. Food Safety Education: Training Farm Workers in the U.S. Fresh Produce Sector. In Sustainability Challenges in the Agrofood sector, (ed.) R. Bhat. Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Fraser, A.M. and C. Miller. 2013. Educating about Food Safety. Practical Food Safety: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions, (ed.) V.M. Gomez Lopez and R. Bhat.