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New polymer coatings for food-contact surfaces resist microbes

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Special new coatings being investigated by researchers are more resistant to bacteria and other microbes than food-contact surfaces used today, according to a report on a recent symposium hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). “Manufacturers already work diligently to keep their facilities clean, but we are creating materials that are even less likely… Continue Reading

The evolution of organic messaging moves away from fear

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This opinion piece was originally posted July 18, 2016, by the Alliance for Food and Farming. At the inaugural Organic Produce Summit in Monterey on July 14, we witnessed a messaging evolution happening among the strongest organic advocates. This messaging moves away from disparaging non-organic products and mirrors the main message of the Alliance… Continue Reading

UV light oven has potential to decontaminate produce at home

Dr. Haiqiang Chen with his UV light oven in the lab at the University of Delaware. (Photo by Wenbo Fan)

Haiqiang Chen, Ph.D., of the University of Delaware is busy developing a device using ultraviolet (UV) light to kill foodborne pathogens on fresh produce in consumers’ homes and elsewhere. His UV light oven, which is about the size of a microwave oven, will combine UV light with stirred-up water to reduce Salmonella and other bacteria and… Continue Reading

Hen housing tradeoffs: Food safety, workers and consumers

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As it turns out, the food stores and restaurant chains promising to sell only cage-free eggs by some date in the future and egg producers have been doing their due diligence when it comes to the housing of laying hens. Recently released findings of the Laying Hen Housing Research Project by the Coalition for Sustainable… Continue Reading

K-State researcher gets $2M grant to develop E. coli vaccines

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Weiping Zhang, professor of microbiology and a researcher with Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has received a five-year, $2.1-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his work on developing vaccines for E. coli-associated diarrhea in both humans and animals. The grant is Zhang’s third he’s received in three years in… Continue Reading

Listeria outbreak set apple industry on a targeted course

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SEATTLE — Sometimes when something that “just can’t happen” does happen, valuable lessons are learned. That was the case when some batches of commercially produced, packaged, whole caramel apples turned out to be the cause of a listeriosis outbreak in 2014-15 that infected 35 people from 12 states, putting 34 of them in the hospital. Listeria… Continue Reading

Inexpensive camera system detects foodborne toxins

Opinion

Scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service developed this low-cost yet effective system to detect active Shiga toxin. (Photo by Reuven Rasooly)

Editor’s note: This information was originally posted July 12, 2016, by Sandra Avant, public affairs specialist for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service as part of the Science Tuesday feature series on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s blog.   As the weather heats up this summer, many of us are firing up our grills and going on picnics. But one thing we… Continue Reading

Just Label It takes a victory lap after losing; opts to move on

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Just label It is throwing in the towel. The never-ending campaign by the organic industry’s top political players to force GMO labeling on the entire food industry says its time to move on. After a 63-30 vote late Friday for a national GMO labeling scheme that was opposed by Just Label It, Stonyfield Farm’s Gary… Continue Reading

Scientist successfully reduces Salmonella in ground meat

Amilton de Mello presented his findings at the annual American Meat Sciences Association conference.

New hope for resolving an old food safety problem has come out of a new meat laboratory at the University of Nevada-Reno where scientists have found a way to reduce Salmonella in ground meat and poultry by 90 percent. The Salmonella research by assistant professor Amilton de Mello is part of a broad research program… Continue Reading

Tech+intellect = 100% consumers at CPS Research Symposium

Bob Whitaker of the Produce Marketing Association, is on the board of directors for the Center for Produce Safety and is a member of its Technical Committee.

SEATTLE — The mood was upbeat as the Center for Produce Safety’s seventh annual Research Symposium opened. “Welcome to our coming-out party,” said an enthusiastic Steve Patricio, the center’s board chairman, as he welcomed more than 300 attendees to the two days of research reports about food safety in the fresh produce industry. Patricio, president and chief executive… Continue Reading