When it comes to food and waterborne illnesses, Cornell University is always going to have a mixed history. That’s because the University and the surrounding town of Ithaca, NY helped bring about a typhoid epidemic that got away on the campus and town in 1903, killing 82 people including 29 Cornell students. It remains one…

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-farm-field-irrigation-crawler-image2961088Produce farmers should wait at least 24 hours after a rain or irrigation event to harvest their crops, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and just published in a scientific journal. Wet soil from precipitation is more conducive to growth of bacteria, such as Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli,…

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-money-image279317Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the recipients of its latest round of food safety research grants. The nearly $19 million awarded to 36 institutions through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, will help in understanding antimicrobial…

Dr. Martin Wiedmann, professor of food science at Cornell University, spoke with Food Safety News at the 2014 Conference of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) held Aug. 3-6 in Indianapolis, IN.

The discussion covered advancements in the field of whole genome sequencing, a technology expected to significantly improve foodborne illness outbreak detection and…

For decades, food safety experts have lived with the reality that roughly one-third of foodborne illness outbreak investigations ended without finding the source. But with the wide proliferation of new laboratory technology on the horizon, outbreak investigations could soon become more accurate, more efficient and more complete, according to researchers at Cornell University, the New…

In terms of deaths-per-infection, this year’s Listeria outbreak in cantaloupes ranks as the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in U.S. history, killing 31 of the 146 people infected and causing one miscarriage. A new discovery by a team of researchers at Cornell University, however, could eventually lead to therapeutic solutions that the team hopes would treat …

A team of researchers led by food scientists at Cornell University has developed a new, highly accurate approach to identifying bacteria responsible for foodborne illnesses. According to the team, it should allow scientists to identify the culprits of illness outbreaks with unmatched accuracy and eventually replace the current method of pathogen identification.

Outlined by the …

In the negative drum roll about animal agriculture’s role in antibiotic resistance, the Washington State Dairy Federation’s commitment to promoting the judicious use of antibiotics offers a bright note of forward progress.

In an antibiotic stewardship project begun in 1999, the federation joined forces with the Pierce County Antibiotic Resistance Taskforce to evaluate the use…

In anticipation of the new federal regulations on fresh fruits and vegetables expected next year, Cornell University will house a public-private program aimed at providing growers and packers with the most current, science-based food risk and safety information.

Called the Produce Safety Alliance, the three-year, $1.15 million partnership is being funded by the U.S. Food …