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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

Technology Gaps Outlined in CFSAN’s Science & Research Plan


Some say technology is the driving force behind the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and they may be right. One thing for certain is that food safety technologies are hitting the market at a quick pace since FSMA went on the books. And it’s far from over. The fact is the Center for Food Safety and… Continue Reading

New Radiation Detector for Food Uses Space Technology


A collaboration between two companies has developed a device for detecting radiation-contamination food. After an earthquake and tsunami damaged Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011 and caused a significant leak of radioactive material, RIKEN Global Research Cluster and G-Tech began researching methods for detecting radioactive cesium in food. Nearby farmers have struggled with consumer fears… Continue Reading

DNA Spray-On Technology Could Revolutionize Food Traceability


It sounds like something straight out of agricultural science fiction: a liquid solution containing unique bits of DNA that gets sprayed on foods in order to easily identify information about where it came from and how it was produced in the event of an outbreak or recall. DNATrek, a Bay Area startup, is hoping to… Continue Reading

Rethinking Clean-In-Place Design


Which comes first: clean-in-place systems or plant design? All too often, it is the plant design that comes first, and then processors have to retrofit — at great cost — their equipment to be clean-in-place (CIP). Although meat and poultry processors aren’t directly affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s upcoming regulations on HACCP documentation… Continue Reading

CDC Launches iPad App Game for Playing Outbreak Detective


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a “Solve the Outbreak”  iPad app that lets people play disease outbreak investigator, as if they were in the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). According to CDC, which announced the app this week, the program allows users to navigate three fictional outbreaks based on real-life events…. Continue Reading

The Latest in Meat Safety: Another Form of Zapping?

Bacterial contamination of meat is an ongoing problem and everyone wishes for an easy fix–one that does not require meat producers and packers to prevent contamination. Irradiation works, but raises feasibility and other concerns. How about electrocution? Food Production Daily reports that hitting meat with electrical current reduces toxic E. coli O157:H7 on meat surfaces… Continue Reading

An Apology for Tuesday’s Technical Difficulties

On behalf of everyone at Food Safety News, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by the outages we experienced during the past 24 hours.   Beginning shortly before midnight Eastern Time Monday, and continuing for several hours Tuesday, Food Safety News was not available for technical reasons. Late Monday Amazon rebooted selected Amazon… Continue Reading

Food Makers Eye Tech, Safety Innovations at Forum

Welcoming speakers and attendees from some of the world’s most recognizable food brands and technology developers, the fifth annual Food Technology Innovation & Safety Forum ensued in Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. On schedule: two full days of discussion on new developments in the food business and the direction technological innovations may take… Continue Reading

Technology in Food Should Not Be Feared

As a dietitian with a passion for communicating about food production, processing, and technology, I’m often puzzled when I think about the readiness with which consumers embrace the latest mobile or electronic technology and yet, in some cases, become wary when it comes to technology applied to food.  While the benefits of modern food processing… Continue Reading