Pamela Tom, M.S.
Academic Coordinator Emerita
Food Science and Technology
Food Science (1973-2013)
Following a career that spanned 40-years with the University of California, Pamela Tom retired as the California Sea Grant extension seafood academic coordinator based in the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis. She was a co-pioneer in adopting the Internet in the early 90s to create an innovative seafood outreach program reaching the seafood community (including fishermen, processors, food inspectors, researchers, educators, consumers, et. al.) worldwide.
She administered two viable Internet resources to help professionals understand and implement the 1995 US Food and Drug Administration’s mandatory Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation (21 CFR 123) for seafood processors and importers conducting commerce in the US. HACCP is a science-based preventive food safety management and control system involving record keeping, corrective action and verification procedures.
Her work in building and managing the SeafoodNIC (Seafood Network Information Center Internet gateway for seafood safety, quality and other resources) and Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Internet Discussion List brought global attention to UC Davis and California Sea Grant as a reliable “Go to Source” for seafood safety information. The HACCP List is a platform for seafood experts to share research and regulatory information on seafood processing, safety, quality and training information. For nearly two decades she remains active with the Seafood HACCP Alliance for Training and Education (SHA) steering committee. She was a member of the SHA editorial committee which revised the HACCP Training Curriculum, 5th Ed. (2011) that is used in the FDA’s mandated training of HACCP principles to ensure that safe and wholesome seafood is marketed in the U.S. in addition to training hundreds of industry and regulatory personnel on the basic HACCP principles, she traveled across the US on behalf of the SHA in training new trainers to become proficient in educating others in HACCP and Sanitation Control Procedures.
Upon her retirement, the SeafoodNIC and HACCP List were transferred to a new home on the west coast, the Oregon State University Seafood Research & Education Center in Astoria, OR. OSU was selected for its strong commitment and leadership into the 22nd century in seafood safety and quality research and training on the west coast.
She was a project partner and collaborator representing California with five other Land Grant Universities across the U.S. in developing a resource web site on seafood consumption for healthcare providers and consumers to help clarify the benefits and risks of consuming seafood: Seafood Health Facts: Making Smart Choices (www.seafoodhealthfacts.org). The project was partially funded through a grant from the National Integrated Food Safety Initiative (Grant No. 2007-51110-03815) of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2007.
Ms. Tom was invited to author the chapter, “Implementing the Seafood HACCP Regulation,” in The Seafood Industry: Species, Products, Processing, and Safety, 2nd Ed., (2012), edited by L. Ankenman Granata, G. J. Flick, Jr. and R. E. Martin, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 308-317.
Prior to her outreach accomplishments in the seafood field, Ms. Tom worked at UCD with extension in fruit and vegetable processing and consumer food marketing. While completing her Master of Science degree in Consumer Science at UCD she was a teaching assistant in upper division foods laboratory courses: FST 101A and FST 101B.
Awards and Recognition
- Northern California Institute of Food Technologists Outstanding Member of the Year Award - 1992
- Chairman – Institute of Food Technologists Northern California Regional Section - 1998
- Elected Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists - 2000
- National Fisheries Institute FINesse Award for Seafood, Health and Nutrition, and Food Safety Research - 2002
- “Technologist of the Biennium,” presented by the International Association of Fish Inspectors - 2005
- Calvert L. Willey Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Institute of Food Technologists - 2006
- “Outstanding Volunteer – Aquatic Food Products Division,” presented by the Institute of Food Technologists - 2007
- President – Pacific Fisheries Technologists - 2007
- “Member of the Year – International Division,” presented by the Institute of Food Technologists - 2008
- “Professional Achievement Award,” presented by the Chinese American Food Society - 2008
- “Earl P. McFee Award” presented by the Atlantic Fisheries Technologists - 2008
- “Service Award – Aquatic Food Products Division,” presented by the Institute of Food Technologists - 2013
- Academic Emerita, Department of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis - 2013
- Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology - 2014
Honor and Professional Society Memberships
- California Fisheries and Seafood Institute, Board of Directions – Ex Officio Member
- Chinese American Food Society – Life Member
- Institute of Food Technologists – Emeritus Member
- International Association of Fish Inspectors – Life Member
- Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society - Life Member
- Pacific Fisheries Technologists – Emeritus Member
- Phi Tau Sigma (The Honor Society of Food Scientists) - Life Member