Kansas State University

(This article by Katie L. Allen, a communications specialist for Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, was originally posted here and is reposted with permission.) MANHATTAN, KS—Although Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July top the list of the most popular grilling holidays, there has been an increase in grilling meals…

Listeria contamination has caused 16 different recalls in just two months, and a Kansas State University food safety specialist has an explanation about why it is appearing in products typically not associated with the bacteria. “Listeria is a group of bacteria that is found in cold, wet environments,” said Fadi Aramouni, Ph.D., Extension…

A recent Kansas State University study found that five major factors have the greatest financial impact on a company involved in a meat or poultry recall. recall-meat-iphoneThose factors — perceived health risk severity, recall size, firm size, firm’s experience with recalls, and media coverage — ended up having the most impact on the recalling company’s…

Shoppers may want to be more mindful of what they touch after handling packages of raw poultry at the grocery store, according to a new study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on consumer safety behavior when shopping for poultry. Researchers in the study found that few people used either the plastic bags intended…

Researchers at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, have developed a genetic test that could help the cattle industry more rapidly and accurately detect pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7. Leading the project is Lance Noll, veterinary biomedical science graduate student; T.G. Nagaraja, university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, and Jianfa Bai, assistant…

(This was posted April 10, 2014, at barfblog.com and is reposted here by permission.) A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said, “Sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to suffer…

E. coli has earned its reputation as a deadly pathogen lurking in contaminated foods, but a multi-year study may give it some positive press as a source of medical knowledge and potential therapeutics. Researchers at Kansas State University are studying a protein secreted by E. coli bacteria that blocks functions of the body’s innate immune…

Because of his Barfblog and associated Bites (Safe food from farm to fork) website, Professor Doug Powell is probably one of the best-known faculty members on the Kansas State University campus. Except Professor Powell has not been on campus lately. For the past couple years, he’s been living in Brisbane, Australia with his wife, Dr.…