Food and Health

Sivanandan_Litha Litha Sivanandan

WVU Extension Specialist –
Food Safety and Preservation

Litha Sivanandan, Ph.D., is working to help increase training opportunities available for West Virginians to become successful food entrepreneurs. She hopes to accomplish this by increasing the food business in the state and with training on byproduct utilization and sustainability.

She is a certified instructor and proctor of ServSafe, certified for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point for Meat and Poultry Processors, and certified for Better Process Control School (Acidified Foods).

In addition to her work in food business, Sivanandan will host classes and workshops in and venison processing/preparation.

After graduating with a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia, Sivanandan worked as the director of research and development at Cherry Central, Michigan—the pioneer of fruit and vegetable processing.

She is a professional member of Institute of Food Technologists, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), and Society of Women Engineers .