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Consumers can distinguish between bitter tastes in beer -- doesn’t alter liking
June 26, 2020
Although most beer consumers can distinguish between different bitter tastes in beer, this does not appear to influence which beer they like. It seems they just like beer, regardless of the source of the bitterness.
Graduating food-science student parlays undergrad research experience into job
May 8, 2020
Gabriella Pinto provides a great example of what undergraduate research can do for a student. The Penn State food science major, who graduates this month, is headed for a good job armed with a wealth of experience and knowledge from her research, which gives her a leg up on her career.
Novel coronavirus not spread by food, according to Penn State experts
April 25, 2020
Is the novel coronavirus spread by food? As the extreme contagiousness of COVID-19 has become clear, that question has been asked over and over. The answer, according to food safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is that there is no evidence that it can be spread via food or food packaging.
Fruit may mask taste of dark green vegetables in commercial baby foods
April 11, 2020
Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don’t contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers. The resulting lack of dark green vegetable taste matters, said team leader John Hayes, associate professor of food science at Penn State.
Health, safety of employees essential for food processing operations
April 11, 2020
As it has become clear that COVID-19 will be present at some level in the United States for a long time, food processing establishments — facilities that process, pack or hold food for human consumption — have put into place controls to minimize the risk of the disease among their personnel.
Tips for farmers market operators to help minimize coronavirus transmission
April 10, 2020
Operators of farmers markets should consider the possibility that the COVID-19 outbreak may continue to be a threat well into the summer and should develop a plan to help safeguard their customers and employees, according to Penn State Extension experts.
Penn State Berkey Creamery donates food to help community during crisis
April 7, 2020
The Penn State Berkey Creamery, like many in the Penn State community, is lending a helping hand to those who need it most during this time of uncertainty.
Potential link between COVID-19 and loss of smell, taste to be explored
April 2, 2020
When Caela Camazine realized that she had suddenly lost her ability to taste and smell on March 17, she thought it was “really weird” because she was not congested.
Hit the ‘like’ button: Facebook chef visits creamery to learn ice cream making
March 11, 2020
Tom Davis, manager of the Penn State Berkey Creamery, gave a lesson on ice cream production to George McKirdy, an executive pastry sous chef at Facebook.
Penn State food scientist named Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellow
December 19, 2019
Robert Roberts, professor and head of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was one of 26 academic and industry leaders recognized as Fellows of the Food Systems Leadership Institute during a ceremony at the recent annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in San Diego.
Extension offers tools to small-scale, raw-milk cheesemakers for safer products
December 11, 2019
Penn State Extension is now offering free online tools for small-scale cheesemakers to help them develop a food safety system for their facilities and conduct risk assessments of their processes. Printed copies are available for cheesemakers that do not have access to the internet.
Rosskams show commitment to philanthropy, food science with graduate fellowship
August 26, 2019
A family commitment to philanthropy, a career-long dedication to the food industry, and a deeply rooted connection to Penn State serve as inspiration for a newly created graduate fellowship in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
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.
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 Dairy Products Evaluation Team places in national contest
April 29, 2019
The Dairy Products Evaluation Team in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences won several awards during the National Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Competition held April 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kaylegian Recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta Chapter for Extension Excellence
April 2, 2019
Dr. Kerry Kaylegian was recognized for Extension Excellence by Gamma Sigma Delta chapter on March 28, 2019 during the “Celebration of Excellence Event” held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Penn State Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta.
Penn State food science senior has found the ingredients for success
March 20, 2019
Brianna Elicker, of York, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has had a passion for food and agriculture from an early age.
More scrutiny needed for less-deadly foodborne bacteria
February 13, 2019
Employing advanced genetic-tracing techniques and sharing the data produced in real time could limit the spread of bacteria — Bacillus cereus — which cause foodborne illness, according to researchers who implemented whole-genome sequencing of a pathogen-outbreak investigation.
Wake up and smell the coffee: Research shows freezing beans can preserve aroma
January 17, 2019
Andrew Cotter's day does not begin until he's had his "cup of Joe," a ritual he takes seriously as one of a growing group of coffee consumers who grind and brew specialty coffee beans at home for a more flavorful and fragrant experience.