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

Foodborne pathogen sheltered by harmless bacteria that support biofilm formation
August 21, 2019
Pathogenic bacteria that stubbornly lurk in some apple-packing facilities may be sheltered and protected by harmless bacteria that are known for their ability to form biofilms, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest the discovery could lead to development of alternative foodborne-pathogen-control strategies.
Whole genome sequencing may help officials get a handle on disease outbreaks
August 7, 2019
In a series of studies, researchers showed that whole genome analysis can provide highly detailed information on pathogens in a timely fashion. The findings could help public officials prepare treatment and prevention options when disease outbreaks threaten the public.
Kaylegian named recipient of Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award
July 29, 2019
Kerry Kaylegian, associate research professor in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award.
Novel powdered milk method yields better frothing agent
July 23, 2019
A novel method of processing — using high-pressure jets to spray milk and then quickly drying the spray — yields skim milk powders with enhanced properties and functionality, according to Penn State researchers, who say the discovery may lead to "cleaner" labels on foods.
Penn State Berkey Creamery hosts annual creamery managers conference
July 17, 2019
The Penn State Berkey Creamery served up valuable information and a bit of fun — ice cream included, of course — to colleagues when it recently hosted the annual University Creamery Managers Conference.