Current Lab News

Food Safety Week

By Maeve Swinehart | January 19, 2022 |

When: November 7th-11th, 2022 Where: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN General information: Receive certification for HACCP and PCQI training to develop knowledge and skills to implement and manage food safety assurance throughout the supply chain Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jayson Lusk, Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University Dr. Jayson…

October 29th, Dole Fresh Recall

By Isabelle Yates | November 9, 2021 |

On October 29th, 2021, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. announced a voluntary recall for several cases of garden salad resulting from a possible health risk of Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses linked to the cases have been reported, but the recall stems from a single sample of garden salad testing positive in a random sampling performed by the Department of…

“Back to the Buffet: Food Safety in a post-COVID World.”

By Maeve Swinehart | October 29, 2021 |

For our neighbors up north, the Thanksgiving holiday is celebrated on the second Monday of October. In 2021, Canadian Thanksgiving fell on October 11. In light of many friends and family gathering around the dinner table to feast on all our fall favorites, the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada is hosting its 18th annual and 2nd virtual symposium, “Back to the Buffet: Food Safety in a post-COVID World.” The sessions will cover topics from food safety challenges…

Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program – Applications due November 22

By Maeve Swinehart | October 28, 2021 |

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides funding to help small specialty crop producers, food processors, manufacturers, distributors and farmers markets recover costs incurred responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including for measures to protect workers. This program is authorized and funded under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260). The minimum…

Lab Trip to Wea Creek Orchard

By Maeve Swinehart | October 28, 2021 |

To kick start the new school year, the members of Dr. Feng’s lab visited the Wea Creek Orchard in Lafayette, Indiana to come together for the first time after a long summer break. The Wea Creek Orchard had a variety of apples to pick from Golden Delicious to Fuji to Red Jonathans and many more. Also, the lab was fortunate to pick some of the last peaches of the season. And so, each person was…

Food Safety Implications for Raising Backyard Poultry

By Carley VanNorman | October 6, 2020 |
Chickens by the straw

Do you know that you should be practicing food safety guidelines if you raise poultry in your backyard? One of our lab members, Carley, has written an article that explains why this is important. Her article discusses the many ways that cross contamination can occur while collecting eggs and processing the birds. When you get…

Dr. Feng Publishes Pet Food Study

By Carley VanNorman | September 6, 2020 |
A cat eating from a dish outside.

Do you wash your hands after interacting with or feeding your pet? You might want to start doing that if you aren’t already. Dr. Feng has recently published a fascinating study that looks at how pet owners interact and feed their pets. She makes the connection, that pet owners could be getting sick because they…

Dr. Feng Publishes Food Safety Culture Article.

By Carley VanNorman | May 19, 2020 |

Dr. Feng has recently written an article about food safety culture during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her article appears in Refrigerated and Frozen Foods magazine and is titled “How to Create and Reinforce Food Safety Culture During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. Dr. Feng writes about how food manufacturing companies should look into revising protocols to help keep…

Congratulations Tressie!

By Carley VanNorman | May 8, 2020 |

Our lab member Tressie has just graduated with her Master of Science (in Food Science) this year. The title of her thesis is, “Subjective Norms in Food Safety: An Evaluation of Classroom and Popular Web-Based Key Influencers’ Impact on Consumer Food Safety”. The thesis describes evaluation of a researcher-developed high-school food safety curriculum by experts…

A Great Article About Keeping Food in the Freezer

By Carley VanNorman | March 19, 2020 |
Frozen beef

Dr. Betty Feng recently participated in an interview and discussed an article titled “Here’s How Long Frozen Meat Actually Lasts, According to a Food Scientist.” Within the article written by Jake smith, a Syracuse University graduate, the topics of storing food in a freezer are discussed at a level that everyone can easily understand. This…