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…

Growers are enthusiastically helping a team of scientists researching how cantaloupes pick up and pass on pathogens in a first-of-its-kind project, but retailers have not stepped up.

Laura Strawn, right, is leading the research team that includes Ben Chapman, left, and Michelle Danyluk, center.
Laura Strawn, right, is leading the research team that includes Ben Chapman, left, and Michelle Danyluk, center.

The two-year study is at the half-way…

Editor’s note: Ben Chapman, a food safety researcher and holiday meal enthusiast, originally published this column in the North Carolina State University News. 

To view the full Thanksgiving food safety video, click on the image.
To view the full Thanksgiving food safety video, click on the image.

As a Canadian in the U.S., I’ve fully embraced the holiday season that runs from…

Food-donations_406x250The 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…

Our recent article about why thermometers are important for food safety may have gotten you thinking about getting one or using the one you have more often. If so, here’s some advice on how to select and use one. If you’re in the market for a new food thermometer, there are a lot of options…

An outbreak of E. coli this past spring that sickened at least 12 people — and hospitalized seven of them — was caused by ground beef burgers cooked rare and medium-rare at restaurants, according to health department documents obtained by Food Safety News through records requests made over several months. This is the first time…

While taking an Instagram picture of that salad you’re about to eat, consider snapping one of the safety information on the menu or the waiter picking his nose, too. Or maybe photograph proper glove and thermometer use to cross-contamination and babies being changed on restaurant tables. Ben Chapman, assistant professor and food-safety extension specialist at…