Extending food safety training to other countries could save live

December 14, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

Uncle Charley's Sausage relies on Penn State for food safety counsel

December 13, 2017

Penn State Extension specialists work with numerous food manufacturers — small and large — in Pennsylvania and surrounding states through online and on-site seminars covering commercial food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and many other topics. Among the companies they recently have worked with is Uncle Charley's Sausage Co.

Penn State Extension offers online tools to small-scale cheesemakers

December 6, 2017

When it comes to artisanal cheese making, Pennsylvania is not Vermont, concedes Kerry Kaylegian, but the dairy foods extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is doing what she can to put the Keystone State on the cheese-making map.

Say cheese, Penn State! Cheese Club evolves, looks forward to continued growth

November 17, 2017

The Cheese Club was founded in 2013 by animal science students with an interest in dairy science. Since then, involvement fairs and word-of-mouth advertising have helped club members reach students from across the University who share their love of cheese.

Penn State food safety expert offers tips on safe handling of holiday leftovers

November 16, 2017

Leftovers from holiday meals — if not properly handled, including prompt refrigeration — can lead to foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Ag Alumni Council alumnus endows Open Doors Scholarship

November 16, 2017

Capt. Kenneth R. Haas, of Oakton, Virginia, a retired U.S. Navy officer and a 1953 Penn State dairy science alumnus, has paid tribute to his alma mater by establishing the Haas Family Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Mushrooms are full of antioxidants that may have antiaging potential

November 9, 2017

Mushrooms have more ergothioneine and glutathione together than any other food. Both of these are important antioxidants that previous research has linked to anti-aging treatments and strategies. Researchers are also exploring whether the antioxidants play a role in brain health.

Penn State hosts international E. coli research experts

November 1, 2017

With its 50-year-old E. coli Reference Center, Penn State long has been at the forefront in isolating bacteria from animals, humans and the environment. The University will continue its leading role Nov. 6-8 when it hosts an international group of experts to propose how to transition one of the most fundamental tests for E. coli into a genomics-based assay.

Caramel apples stored at room temperature for extended periods can pose risk

October 24, 2017

A food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences warns of the potential health risk of eating caramel apples that have not been stored at refrigerated temperatures.

New faculty bring food safety expertise to Department of Food Science

October 6, 2017

Darrell Cockburn and Jasna Kovac recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as assistant professors in the Department of Food Science.

Whole food diet may help prevent colon cancer, other chronic conditions

October 5, 2017

Colorful fruits and vegetables -- like the purple potato -- may contain compounds that help fight some types of cancer. An international team of researchers studied the anti-cancer effects of purple potatoes in pigs. This could be another step in finding prevention strategies and cancer treatments for patients.

Fruit and vegetable intake influences obesity risk in Mexican-American children

September 12, 2017

Potential disparities in fruit and vegetable intake in Mexican-American children may be placing them at greater risk for obesity and related health problems, according to researchers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Penn State.

Penn State Berkey Creamery expands ice cream availability to Beaver Stadium

August 16, 2017

Fans attending football games will, for the first time, have access to Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream in Beaver Stadium when the Nittany Lions kick off their season on Sept. 2.

High-fat ice cream may not necessarily mean tastier ice cream

July 31, 2017

Even though ice cream connoisseurs may insist that ice cream with more fat tastes better, a team of Penn State food scientists found that people generally cannot tell the difference between fat levels in ice creams.

Using a pig model to study chronic diseases may help minimize drug failure rate

July 24, 2017

Scientists may be able to minimize the failure rate of drugs for diseases linked to high-calorie diets, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, if they test treatments using a pig model, according to an international team of researchers.

Meet Susan Watson, the friendliest face at Arts Fest

July 12, 2017

Susan Watson is a staple at the Penn State Berkey Creamery tent at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. She has been running, staffing and supervising the tent's operations for nearly 30 years.

Penn State teams excel in food science competitions

July 11, 2017

Three teams of food science students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences came out on top in national product-development competitions and a trivia bowl in June.

Grape-based compounds kill colon cancer stem cells in mice

June 19, 2017

A compound made from grape skins and grape seeds killed colon cancer stem cells in mice, according to researchers. The study, along with previous studies on the low incidence of colon cancer in populations that tend to eat plants, may also offer clues to the role that foods play in suppressing and treating cancer.

Penn State Extension educators develop plan to educate plain sect on food safety

June 14, 2017

Penn State Extension educators have developed food-safety training programs to accommodate the cultural norms of plain sect — Amish and Mennonite — farmers.

Penn State Extension educators develop plan to educate plain sect on food safety

June 13, 2017

Penn State Extension educators have developed food-safety training programs to accommodate the cultural norms of plain sect — Amish and Mennonite — farmers.

Penn State Food Science Department marks 'first' in USDA's GenomeTrakr

June 5, 2017

The Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently became the first such department in the country — and the University became one of just a few academic institutions — to take the lead for their state in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's GenomeTrakr network.

Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy

May 24, 2017

When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.

Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation team members win awards at contest

May 10, 2017

A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took first place in the yogurt category of the 95th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held April 12 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Invent Penn State’s Fund for Innovation awards $75,000 to Persea Naturals

May 5, 2017

A team of food science researchers from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences are launching a promising new venture to produce a line of all-natural, vibrant food colors, dubbed AvoColor, using a compound derived from the seed of the avocado.

Ingesting soy protein may ease severity of inflammatory bowel disease

April 26, 2017

A diet supplemented with soy protein may be an effective adjunct therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases, Penn State researchers reported after completing a study that included mice and cultured human colon cells.

Cricket-fortified pasta pitch wins $7,500 Ag Springboard top prize

April 17, 2017

A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize on April 13 after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.

Food Science student team takes first place in competition

April 12, 2017

A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently took first place in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Central Atlantic Area College Bowl competition.

Dual-title degree adds international flavor to Food Science graduate program

April 10, 2017

Food Science is the latest graduate program to partner with the college's Office of International Programs to offer the International Agriculture and Development (INTAD) dual-title degree, a unique course of study that provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.

Professor does it all: researches, communicates findings, designs products

April 7, 2017

There is a popular saying that contends, "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." But Jonathan Campbell, assistant professor of animal science at Penn State, doesn't buy it.

Knabel Recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta Chapter for Research Excellence

April 4, 2017

Dr. Stephen J. Knabel was recognized for Research Excellence by Gamma Sigma Delta chapter on March 30, 2017 during the “Celebration of Excellence Event” held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Penn State Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta.