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E. coli consensus is goal of top scientists meeting at Penn State

Some of the world’s top scientists are gathering at Penn State next week for an invitation-only workshop to discuss how to reach a consensus on techniques to identify new serotypes of E. coli. Penn State’s 50-year-old E. coli Reference Center is hosting the international meeting. “We hope the workshop here can lead to a consensus,” said… Continue Reading

Research reveals eggs from small flocks more likely to contain Salmonella

Penn State researchers have found that eggs from small flocks of chickens are more likely to be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis than eggs sold in grocery stores, which typically come from larger flocks. That conclusion was drawn from a six-month study done last year in Pennsylvania. Researchers from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences collected and… Continue Reading

Produce cannot safely be salvaged in flooded areas

More rain is in the forecast for many flood-ravaged areas this week, but in areas where floodwaters have receded public health officials are warning people to not eat fruits and vegetables from backyard gardens or commercial growing fields that were under water. “Gardens that were partially flooded may still be growing. Produce ripe for picking… Continue Reading

ICYMI: Last PCA Sentences, Animal Antibiotics, Contaminated Cukes

In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: The final two defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case, Daniel Kilgore and Samuel Lightsey, were sentenced Thursday, Oct. 1, in Albany, GA, to six and three years in prison, respectively. The two men made… Continue Reading

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

Penn State Launches Pilot Food Safety Program for Farmers Market Vendors

Some farmers market vendors in Pennsylvania will be getting food safety training this summer courtesy of a new Penn State program. The pilot program in select cities across the state is directed at small-scale food processors and farmers. It includes a three-hour session that covers key food safety concepts, such as safe processing and preparation… Continue Reading

Penn State Receives Anonymous $1M Donation Dedicated to Food Science

Pennsylvania Sate University’s food science department received a $1 million dollar anonymous donation in honor of a professor emeritus in the department, announced the university Tuesday. The large gift was designated in honor of former Penn State food science professor Philip Keeney, who became famous at the school in 1955 for teaching the Penn State… Continue Reading

Penn State Offers Food Safety Program for Growers

As Penn State’s College of Agricultural Science sees it, “the ‘locavore’ movement is growing and those locavores are increasingly demanding assurances that their produce is safe to eat.”  On top of consumer demand, the recently enacted FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will establish minimum standards for the safe production and harvesting of fruits and vegetables… Continue Reading

Penn State Extension Cuts Jobs

Penn State announced today that ten jobs and dozens of additional positions are being eliminated at the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences due to budget shortfalls.   The job cuts will impact the Agricultural Sciences College’s ability to continue to provide high-priority programs that focus on issues related to food production and security, human and… Continue Reading