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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

January 10, 2010

Penn State's Department of Food Science recently received re-approval of its undergraduate program from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). The recognition verifies that the university has one of the premier food science programs in the country.

November 25, 2009

What would a Thanksgiving turkey be without its stuffing, and what better place for that stuffing than inside the turkey? Despite the tradition involved, a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says some practices are worth reconsidering, especially since Mom may not have fully appreciated the risk of foodborne illness.

October 11, 2009

Every college student dreams of getting the opportunity to land the perfect career after graduation, but if you can't find it, why not create it? While at Whole Foods Market, recent Penn State Food Science graduate Jill Kuzo had the opportunity to do just that as head of her own gluten-free testing lab.

June 9, 2009

Feeding a world population of 6.7 billion is no small task, and that's why dwindling interest in the science responsible for a safe and abundant food supply may be cause for alarm, according to a food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.