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2010

Keep food safety in mind when preparing for holiday celebrations
December 22, 2010
The holidays are a special time -- family, friends, food and more food. But many of the folks handling the preparations are not used to cooking for large groups, and it is easy for them to overlook some important practices, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
New case estimates show foodborne illness still a big problem
December 20, 2010
New estimates on the number of foodborne illness cases that occur each year in the United States, just released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, show that food safety remains a concern in this country, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Student Stories: Education, internships readied her for awesome career
December 6, 2010
Growing up in the little town of Summerdale, Pa., near Harrisburg, Brianna Hrusko never suspected that she would land a job most would envy, or that her job would take her around the world.
Food Science faculty member receives Rasmussen professorship
November 22, 2010
Ryan Elias, assistant professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received the inaugural Frederik Sr. and Faith E. Rasmussen Career Development Professorship in Food Science.
Safety reminders, advice offered for field dressing, processing deer
November 19, 2010
For hunters lucky enough to bag a deer in the upcoming seasons, a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers some advice to properly field dress and store the carcass, and then process the meat.
Food Science graduate student honored
November 12, 2010
Ellen Mahan, a master's degree candidate in Food Science, received the Herbert Stone Award for Outstanding Presentation of Leadership from the Society of Sensory Professionals at the group's conference, Oct. 27-29.
Food scientist Beelman retires after 40 years
November 2, 2010
Food science researcher Robert Beelman recently retired from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences after 40 years of service
Student Stories: Food Science grad lands sweet deal at Hershey
October 15, 2010
Hilary Peterson came to Penn State in 2005 to major in Food Science and ended up with a sumptuously sweet deal four years later. After graduating in 2009, she took her dream job with the Mecca of candy corporations, the Hershey Company.
Student Stories: Food Science grad had early focus on enology
October 12, 2010
Denise Gardner knew she liked wine before she even tasted it. The Reading, Pa., native, who grew up in tiny Robesonia, Pa., was sure of her interest in the wine industry when applying to college. When Gardner decided to attend Penn State, she chose to major in Food Science and minor in Horticulture. She knew her education would prepare her well for the enology field.....
Researchers developing way to distinguish between salmonella strains
September 21, 2010
As scientists with the federal government search for the source of the salmonella that made thousands of people sick this summer and trace how it spread, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are developing a new and more accurate method of acquiring the bacteria's identity.
Home canning on the rise again, but do it safely, expert warns
September 9, 2010
Sometimes old ideas are the best ideas, and certainly home canning is one of those. But despite generations of practice, many don't do it properly, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Expert says frying pan may be best weapon against Salmonella in eggs
August 26, 2010
As investigators track a Salmonella outbreak that has forced the recall of more than 500 million eggs, a specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says consumers have a simple means of protecting themselves from food-borne illness.
Former dean Robert Steele honored by conservation commission
August 11, 2010
Robert Steele, professor of food science and former dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was among three people recently honored by the State Conservation Commission for dedication in protecting the state's natural resources and agriculture.
Student Stories: Food Science grad started with Kellogg internship
August 2, 2010
If breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, then Agnes Lim is a very important person. The Penn State food science major, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences last spring, landed two internships with the Kellogg Company, the world's leading producer of cereal and other nutritious breakfast foods, in the fall of 2008 and summer of 2009.
Food Science faculty member reappointed to national board
July 21, 2010
Associate Professor of Food Science Catherine Cutter was recently reappointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection.
Summer camp designed for aspiring food microbiologists
June 28, 2010
When you think of summer camp, you might envision activities such as volleyball, swimming, hiking, and arts and crafts. You probably wouldn't imagine food microbiology and searching for clues to the cause of an outbreak of foodborne illness.
Knabel reappointed to national food-safety advisory committee
June 2, 2010
Penn State food science professor Stephen Knabel was among 10 scientific experts recently reappointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.
Don't forget food safety when buying food from volunteer organizations
June 2, 2010
For many, summer evokes memories of chowing down on barbeque chicken hot off the grill at the church picnic, needing a handful of napkins to get through a sloppy pork sandwich at the fire hall dinner, or gobbling a juicy cheeseburger at a youth baseball game.
Research shows some people don't taste salt like others
May 26, 2010
Low-salt foods may be harder for some people to like than others, according to a newly published study by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The research indicates that genetics influence some of the difference in the levels of salt we like to eat.
Roberts named to Dairy Science Association leadership post
May 21, 2010
Bob Roberts, associate professor of food science, has been elected by the American Dairy Science Association to serve a multi-year term first as vice president then as president of the organization's Board of Directors.
Student Stories: Food science student's internship was sweet indeed
May 13, 2010
For most, the idea of consuming a chemistry project sounds far from appetizing. For Laura Weir, however, it might just be the sweetest meal of the day.
Debate churns over raw milk; food-safety specialist urges caution
May 10, 2010
As the debate about the health attributes and risks of raw milk spills into capitols and courts across the country, a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is urging people to think carefully about the risks before consuming unpasteurized dairy products.
Food-safety experts hold training for state food inspectors
April 28, 2010
Food-safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently conducted a week-long training workshop for nearly 100 food inspectors with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Visiting international delegation learns about food safety
April 20, 2010
An international delegation from south Asia visited the College of Agricultural Sciences recently to learn about best practices and new technologies for ensuring food safety.
Research explores edible film that kills pathogens for meat packaging
April 6, 2010
A team of food scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has shown that an edible film can be used for wrapping ready-to-eat meat products to deliver a slow release of a naturally occurring antimicrobial agent capable of killing a foodborne pathogen.
Student stories: Food Science grad enjoys sweet job with Hershey
March 24, 2010
The food industry is a great field to be in because no matter what the economic climate is, people are always going to eat, according to Andy Hirneisen, a 2007 Food Science graduate who now works for The Hershey Company.