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Study Finds Smartphones Can Improve Food Safety Inspections

Smartphones might be an important tool for food safety inspectors because of their inconspicuousness. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have found that phones used in place of clipboards can improve the quality of data collected during observations. According to a phenomenon called the Hawthorne Effect, people sometimes change their behavior because they know… Continue Reading

Study: Kitchen Towels Harbor Plenty of Bacteria

A recent study of contamination on kitchen towels by researchers at the University of Arizona found that 89 percent contained detectable levels of coliform bacteria and 25.6 percent had detectable levels of E. coli. In their article published in the September/October issue of Food Protection Trends, the researchers conclude that, “The common occurrence of enteric… Continue Reading