Dr. Margarita Garriga. BSc in Science and PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Senior researcher in the Food Safety Programme of IRTA, with more than 30 years of experience in food microbiology, mainly in meat and meat products. Research interest on lactic acid bacteria and their metabolites, development of bioprotective and/or probiotic starter cultures and new preservation technologies to enhance food safety. She is member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Food Safety of the Catalan Food Safety Agency. More than 85 SCI papers published as well as several technical articles and book chapters. She has lead/participated in several national and EU projects as well as in contracts with enterprises.