Peanut samples from all over the country are being tested at Lubbock Christian University.
A chemistry professor and her undergraduate students are trying to lower the chance of salmonella making its way into peanut butter jars.
Doctor Julie Marshall is a professor of chemistry at LCU. Her primary mission is to provide opportunities for undergraduates to participate in real world research that benefits the community.
She started working with peanut companies about ten years ago. She said Lubbock is the perfect place for this research because it's uniquely rural and urban, and West Texans understand the importance of agriculture in the community.
The smell of peanut butter greets you at the door when you walk into Dr. Marshall's LCU lab.
"We want to make sure food is safe, delicious and nutritious," Dr. Marshall said.
Dr. Marshall said Hettick's research about UV light being used with the roasting process should show conclusive results within the next two to three years.