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Scientists may have new weapon to fight Listeria

Researchers from North Carolina State University have pinpointed new compounds that may be effective in containing the virulence of Listeria, a bacterium that can cause severe food poisoning and death. News of the discovery comes during an ongoing listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that has sickened 1,000 and killed 180. The World Health Organization reports… Continue Reading

Vomit machine reaffirms need for deep clean after noro ‘event’

The change of seasons can bring a chance of snow for some and a chance of viruses for even more. Sharing time, meals and close spaces from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day all too often means sharing bugs, which don’t discriminate. Although they’re the last living creatures on any invitation list, when pathogens make surprise appearances it’s important to know how to handle cleanup,… Continue Reading

FSIS announces 3-year research plan based on observation

Behavior researchers long ago recognized there is often a big difference between what people say they will do, and what they actually do. The best way to find the truth is to adopt observational research methods, watching for what actually happens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a… Continue Reading

Get stuffed — just use a thermometer before you unstuff

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Editor’s note: Ben Chapman, a food safety researcher and holiday meal enthusiast, originally published this column in the North Carolina State University News.  As a Canadian in the U.S., I’ve fully embraced the holiday season that runs from Thanksgiving through December. I enjoy spending a day planning and shopping for an event-style meal and then another… Continue Reading

Help wanted: Job sites, academic programs focus on food safety

As American consumers become increasingly concerned about the quality of their food, there’s been an enhanced focus on food safety in the academic and employment fields. Programs leading to degrees and certifications in food safety are growing, along with jobs handling quality assurance in the food industry and auditing producers for compliance with the Food Safety… Continue Reading

Study: Food Pantries Have ‘Room for Improvement’ in Food Safety

The food safety of food pantries is a fairly new arena for researchers, but with 14 percent of American households insecure about food at some point during 2014, it’s drawing more attention. The latest bit of research on the subject finds that there is “much room for improvement,” particularly when it comes to recalls. The… Continue Reading

NC State-Led Team Creates ‘Vomiting Machine’ to Study Norovirus Transmission

The British have long referred to Norovirus as “the vomiting disease,” but now a “vomiting machine” has been invented at North Carolina State University and put to serious use in the study of how the illness spreads. This week, the open source journal PLOS ONE published the NC State research under the title, “Aerosolization of a… Continue Reading

Campylobacter: What is It and What Are We Doing About It?

(This post by Hannah Bolinger, a graduate student in NC State’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, is the third in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization will celebrate World Health Day, which is focused this year on food safety. The first post in the series can be found… Continue Reading