College of Agricultural Sciences alum reflects on lessons learned at Penn State
June 30, 2020
Nelson Gaydos, an outreach specialist with the American Association of Meat Processors, credits his education and experiences at Penn State for helping him to meet the challenges of the food industry.
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.
Food scientists receive College of Ag Sciences award for research innovation
May 16, 2020
Food scientists Gregory Ziegler and Joshua Lambert are the 2020 recipients of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized intellectual property generated by their Penn State research.
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.
Ziegler recognized with 2020 Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award
March 27, 2020
Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2020 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.
Berkey Creamery closes retail store until further notice; online sales continue
March 17, 2020
Given the nation’s, Pennsylvania’s and the University’s focus on social distancing in helping to combat coronavirus to protect our community, Penn State’s Berkey Creamery is closing its retail store on campus until further notice.
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.
Teaching excellence recognized in College of Agricultural Sciences
March 9, 2020
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized nine faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2019.
Food science students entertain, intrigue kids at elementary school science fair
March 9, 2020
It might not be a surprise if there are some aspiring young food scientists at Easterly Parkway Elementary School in State College after a group of Penn State students recently demonstrated how much fun the discipline can be.
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.