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E.H. Marth, UW-Madison food microbiologist, receives highest honor from National Cheese Institute

Elmer H. Marth, emeritus professor of food science, bacteriology, and food microbiology and toxicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has received the Laureate Award from the National Cheese Institute. He was honored for his lifelong dedication to studying and teaching cheese safety.

Marth authored or co-authored more than 660 publications, including several books, during his career. He specialized in cheese and food safety. He was named emeritus professor after he retired from the UW-Madison in 1990.

Marth continues to publish industry guidance and serve as a food safety consultant, and in 2003 he worked with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to review and edit the Wisconsin Cheese Food Safety Manual, which is being distributed to all Wisconsin cheese factories.

The NCI Laureate Award, which is the highest honor given by the institute, recognizes people who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. Marth received the award Jan. 19 at a ceremony during the 2004 Dairy Forum in Florida.