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

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

Labor Day Food Safety: Grilling No Different Than Kitchen Cooking

(This article by Katie L. Allen, a communications specialist for Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, was originally posted here and is reposted with permission.) MANHATTAN, KS—Although Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July top the list of the most popular grilling holidays, there has been an increase in grilling meals year-round,… Continue Reading

K-State Food Safety Professor: Don’t Take Chances With Listeria

Listeria contamination has caused 16 different recalls in just two months, and a Kansas State University food safety specialist has an explanation about why it is appearing in products typically not associated with the bacteria. “Listeria is a group of bacteria that is found in cold, wet environments,” said Fadi Aramouni, Ph.D., Extension specialist and professor… Continue Reading

Study: Five Major Factors Impact Economic Costs of Meat, Poultry Recalls

A recent Kansas State University study found that five major factors have the greatest financial impact on a company involved in a meat or poultry recall. Those factors — perceived health risk severity, recall size, firm size, firm’s experience with recalls, and media coverage — ended up having the most impact on the recalling company’s stock market price, according… Continue Reading

Study: E. Coli Vaccines Are Effective But Economic Incentive Needed

Despite the proven effectiveness of vaccines designed to decrease the presence of E. coli bacteria in cattle by as much as 98 percent, beef producers are not likely to widely adopt the practice of vaccinating their herds until there is a clear economic incentive, according to a new study by economics researchers at Kansas State University. Often… Continue Reading

Study: Shoppers Spread Raw Poultry Juices at Store, Home

Shoppers may want to be more mindful of what they touch after handling packages of raw poultry at the grocery store, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on consumer safety behavior when shopping for poultry. Researchers in the study found that few people used either the plastic bags intended… Continue Reading

KSU Researchers Develop Genetic Test to Help Detect E. coli in Beef Cattle

Researchers at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, have developed a genetic test that could help the cattle industry more rapidly and accurately detect pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7. Leading the project is Lance Noll, veterinary biomedical science graduate student; T.G. Nagaraja, university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, and Jianfa Bai, assistant… Continue Reading

Keep Food Safety Out of AIB, Kansas State Proposal

Opinion

(This was posted April 10, 2014, at barfblog.com and is reposted here by permission.) A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said, “Sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to suffer from… Continue Reading