Food safety, nutrition, and health

Teen Detectives Use DNA to Stalk Invasive Fish

Through Cornell’s FishTracker program, teams of life-jacket-clad teenagers lean out over docks to scoop water samples from the Hudson River and take them back to the lab, where researchers search for specific DNA signatures. “Every fish in the Great Lakes has been barcoded, just like the universal product code that you scan in the supermarket,” said James Casey, a virologist at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Improving Food Quality, One Light at a Time

Fort Valley State University aims to make a mark in food safety research with the help of a new pulsed ultraviolet (UV) light system that could aid in the decontamination of foods and extend shelf life without heat or chemical preservatives.

Ground Zero for Salmonella

Martin Wiedmann, a Cornell University microbiologist, is working to solve the mystery and trace the origin of Salmonella Cerro.

Education as a Way to Reduce STEC Contamination

Scientists from Kansas State University developed a series of free training modules, Translation of STEC: Mitigation to Field Implementation, to teach meat processors, producers, distributors and restaurant workers how to safely control STEC (Shigatoxin-producing E.coli)-related contamination.

The Future of Food Processing Disinfectants

With support from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), a research team from University of California, Davis is developing new disinfection methods to reduce cross-contamination during food processing. While many traditional methods for disinfection exist; they do not completely remove or deactivate bacteria in protected structures called “biofilms."

Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.

Reaching Out in Oklahoma

Live Well, Eat Well, Be Active with Diabetes” began in 2015 as one of several classes offered through the Family & Consumer Sciences Extension at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

Lemongrass Oil Being Used as a Natural Approach to Combat Harmful Bacteria on Goat Meat

The recent outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in romaine lettuce has become a multistate issue, with some cases reported in Georgia. To help prevent such illnesses, an antibacterial essential oil could be the solution to inactivating E. coli and other foodborne pathogens.

CRISPR Mushrooms Coming Soon

Plant pathologist Yinong Yang at Penn State University used the versatile gene-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9 to design a button mushroom that resists browning and may have a longer shelf life.

Eating More Foods with Choline During Pregnancy May Boost Baby’s Cognitive Benefits

When expectant mothers consume sufficient amounts of the nutrient choline during pregnancy, their offspring gain enduring cognitive benefits.