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March 13, 2013

Sensory Evaluation Center looks at the factors behind food choice. John Hayes, assistant professor, who directs the University’s Sensory Evaluation Center, is interested in why people eat the foods they do. He approaches this complicated question from the relatively fresh angle of sensory science.

February 28, 2013

A lot goes into making delicious the Penn State Creamery's ice cream—milk, cane sugar, nuts, chocolate, fresh fruit and more. But an unexpected ingredient is essential to the Berkey Creamery’s ability to churn out some 750,000 cones per year: a generous dose of state-of-the-art technology.

February 4, 2013

A new strain of norovirus, known as GII.4 Sydney 2012, is making the rounds this winter, causing a significant number of acute outbreaks. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has become the dominant strain, causing more than 140 reported outbreaks in the United States this year. People should try to limit their exposure to norovirus and try to minimize its spread, advised an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences

January 21, 2013

Growers should be aware of the Produce Safety Rule proposed Jan. 4 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. If adopted, it will establish mandatory practices that farmers must employ to prevent microbial contamination of fresh produce.

December 17, 2012

A standout student-athlete in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received a prestigious academic award. Maggie Harding, a redshirt sophomore on the women's volleyball team, was named the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Harding, of State College, who is majoring in food science, carried a 4.0 grade point average into the tournament. She was presented with the award during the women's volleyball banquet on Dec. 12 in Louisville, Ky.

December 10, 2012

Seems like every month there is a new food scare that makes the national news. Most recently, it was antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens found in pork.

December 3, 2012

Three graduate students studying food science, with an emphasis in sensory science, in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences won awards in a poster contest held at the recent 2012 Society for Sensory Professionals Conference in Jersey City, N.J.

December 3, 2012

A four-student team from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently finished second in the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest.It was the University's first entry into the contest after a seven-year absence. Team members included senior Food Science majors Kelsey Rogers, of Howard; Megan Woo, of San Francisco; Jennifer Updegrove, of Oley; and Allison Hoy, of Pittsburgh.

November 21, 2012

For those fortunate hunters who bag a deer in the upcoming season, a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers some advice for field dressing and storing the carcass properly and processing the meat.

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November 12, 2012

An ingredient in green tea that helps reduce blood sugar spikes in mice may lead to new diet strategies for people, according to Penn State food scientists.

November 7, 2012

As Penn State celebrates 150 years of graduate education, Research Unplugged featured a graduate student researcher at the third talk in its six-event series. Food science doctoral candidate Nadia Byrnes and her faculty mentor, John Hayes, presented "Some Like it Hot: The Science Behind Our Food Preferences." Hayes is assistant professor of food science and director of the University's Sensory Evaluation Center.

November 5, 2012

Pasteurization is a crucial element in producing safe, high quality dairy products, and most companies in the business of producing them are very committed to the process. To provide the latest information on pasteurization, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is offering a workshop designed for plant supervisors and quality-control and maintenance personnel.

November 2, 2012

After Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, people and businesses face the daunting task of recovery. One of the biggest questions they confront is what to do with food, according to a food safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Culture is added to a vat of cheese at the Penn State Berkey Creamery.
October 22, 2012

Cheese making is a complex process involving many factors that must be considered -- it's not as easy as simply looking up a recipe on the Internet. If you are serious about making fine cheese, you likely need some help.

Tawfik Sharkasi, vice president of Innovation for the Asia Pacific Region of William Wrigley Jr. Company
October 18, 2012

Tawfik Sharkasi of Barrington, Ill., is one of nineteen Penn State alumni to be honored for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

August 31, 2012

Time was when every deer hunter was taught how to butcher a deer, process the meat and prepare a variety of tasty venison dishes. But these days, it sometimes seems as though that vital information is not passed down.

August 30, 2012

Dark chocolate lovers can handle a wider range of bitter tastes before rejection compared to milk chocolate fans, according to Penn State food scientists.

August 1, 2012

Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will host three Mock Farm Food Safety Audits this summer to promote the safety of fresh produce.

July 17, 2012

With what seems to be an ongoing wave of news reports linking foodborne illness to fresh produce, many consumers are questioning whether it is worth the risk. But Martin Bucknavage, extension food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, emphasizes that the benefits far outweigh the risks when it comes to consuming fresh fruits and vegetables.

July 11, 2012

A four-student team from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently finished first in the American Meat Science Association Reciprocal Meats Conference competition.