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…

Consumers will soon have a mobile application, fueled by government recall data, at their fingertips to keep potentially unsafe products, from food to furniture to drugs, out of their homes.

The application, available as of midnight last night, is part of a wider effort to make the federal government more responsive and accessible to citizens. …

Smartphone applications are making life easier left and right. Need directions? Piece of cake. Want to know the top rated Indian restaurants within a 1 mile radius? Done.  Care to track your jog via GPS? They can do that too.

Now smartphones are offering technology that could present a new frontier for food safety. Both …