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

Green tea extract combined with exercise reduces fatty liver disease in mice
February 17, 2020
The combination of green tea extract and exercise reduced the severity of obesity-related fatty liver disease by 75% in mice fed a high-fat diet, according to Penn State researchers, whose recent study may point to a potential health strategy for people.
USDA deputy undersecretary for food safety to speak at University Park on Feb. 6
February 4, 2020
Mindy Brashears, deputy undersecretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be the speaker at the Penn State Department of Food Science seminar at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in 252 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building on the University Park campus.
Penn State-Ingredion short course introduces the future of food science
January 23, 2020
The Penn State-Ingredion Plant-based Yogurt Alternative Short Course took place last fall and was deemed a success. During the two-day workshop, 31 attendees, hailing from 11 states and four countries, gained insight into the challenges of formulating plant-based yogurt alternatives, the breadth and functionality of plant proteins, and the nitty-gritty details of bringing a product to market.
Novel composite antimicrobial film could take a bite out of foodborne illnesses
January 21, 2020
A novel composite film — created by the bonding of an antimicrobial layer to conventional, clear polyethylene plastic typically used to vacuum-package foods such as meat and fish — could help to decrease foodborne illness outbreaks, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State Extension has farm food safety education materials for Amish growers
December 20, 2019
Penn State Extension has developed curriculum materials for Plain Sect (Amish, Mennonite) growers to help them meet training requirements established in the federal Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule.

Upcoming Events

Foreign Supplier Verification Program - Glen Mills, PA
When: March 5-6, 2020
Where: Glen Mills, PA
Better Process Control School
When: March 16-19, 2020
Where: 252 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building
Traditional Italian Processed Meats Workshop
When: March 16-18, 2020
Where: Penn State University, Meats Laboratory, University Park, PA