Department of Food Science

The Department of Food Science in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Food Science.

Food Science News

Your turkey doesn't need a shower: No-nos when it comes to holiday bird prep
November 21, 2018
Talking (Thanksgiving) turkey: Some methods of handling and cooking turkey, which have been passed down from generation to generation, may be setting the table for foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State food safety experts to help make Ethiopian dairy food supply safer
November 15, 2018
Food safety specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with scientists at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and Kansas State University on a project to improve the safety and quality of Ethiopian dairy foods.
Color coded — matching taste with color
November 15, 2018
Color can impact the taste of food, and our experiences and expectations can affect how we taste food, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest this may have implications for how food and beverage industries should market their products.
Farmers market vendors need training to improve food-safety practices
November 1, 2018
Many vendors at farmers markets take inadequate precautions to prevent the spread of foodborne illness, and they should be trained to reduce food-safety risks, according to Penn State researchers who completed the final phase of an innovative five-year study.
Chewing gum may be effective for delivering vitamins
October 10, 2018
Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so Penn State researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body. Their results validate the concept of gum as an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins.

Upcoming Events

Ice Cream Short Course
When: January 6-12, 2019
Where: The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park
Ice Cream 101 "Introduction to Frozen Desserts"
When: January 25-27, 2019
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park
Fundamentals of HACCP-University Park, PA
When: February 12-13, 2019
Where: University Park, PA