Food Safety Human Factor Lab

Innovative Research on Social Implications of Food Safety


Dr. Feng is dedicated to the research and extension of human factors in the safety of food. She uses interdisciplinary tools to identify and evaluate factors that result in behavioral change among food workers and consumers, and develops food safety education interventions targeting behavioral change to increase food safety practice compliance. She is also interested in public perception of safety-enhancing food processing technologies and designing culturally-tailored communication interventions to increase consumer acceptance.

June 23, 2022, Daily Harvest French Lentil + Leek Crumbles Recall

On June 23, 2022, Daily Harvest recalled French Lentil + Leek Crumbles due to potential health risks. Consumers reported gastrointestinal illness and liver function issues after intaking the products. The pathogen has not been determined. To date, there have been approximately 470 reports of relative illnesses. From April 28 to June 17, 2022, about 28,000…


June 14, 2022, Built Brands, LLC Banana Cream Pie Puffs Protein Bars Pathogenic E.coli Contamination

On June 14, 2022, Built Brands, LLC. recalled 4,196 “Banana Cream Pie Puffs” protein bars due to potential contamination of pathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli). The exact strain has not been determined, but the customers should not consume the products to avoid health risks. The product was sold in a 40-gram package with lot number D22151011.…


June 06, 2022, Urban Remedy Organic Revitalizing Tea Tonic Strawberry Hibiscus Rose Hepatitis A Contamination

On June 06, 2022, Urban Remedy announced the recall of Urban Remedy Organic Revitalizing Tea Tonic Strawberry Hibiscus Rose due to potential contamination of Hepatitis A. The product may contain fresh strawberries related to the FDA outbreak investigation of FreshKampo organic strawberries. The recalled product was sold in the 12oz resealable plastic bottle (Lot number:…


Summer School for Consumer Food Safety Education

In the summer, Purdue Food Science Department will set up a summer school for consumer food safety education with K-State Research and Extension, UC Davis Food Science and Technology, NDSU Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the University of Missouri. The summer school will focus on these topics: food safety during donating foods…


May 2022, Jif® Peanut Butter Products Salmonella Outbreak

On May 20, 2022, The J. M. Smucker Co. announced the recall of select Jif® peanut butter products due to potential contamination of Salmonella. Many types and sizes of peanut butter are involved in this recall, such as creamy, crunchy, natural, and reduced-fat. The recalled peanut butter was distributed nationwide. Recalled peanut butter products have…


BAC Fighter Betty Feng Teaches Food Safety to Underrepresented Communities 

The lab’s very own Dr. Betty Feng was recently recognized in an article by the Partnership for Food Safety Education for her work on extension programs for underrepresented communities. The article highlights Dr. Feng’s inspiration and emphasis on food safety education. Underrepresented communities are at a heightened risk of contracting foodborne illness due to a…


January 2022, Power Greens Packaged Salad E. coli Outbreak 

On January 6, 2022, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 linked to Nature’s Basket Power Greens and Simple Truth Organic Power Greens. Both salad blends contain organic spinach, mizuna, kale, and chard and were sourced from Salinas and Imperial Valley, CA…


Food Safety Week

When: November 7th-12th, 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…


June 2020, Red Seaweed Outbreak

In 2020, red seaweed was associated with an outbreak of E. coli O7:H4 in Japan. Imported in 2017, the red seaweed was contaminated with a strain of E. coli that carries the astAgene for enteroaggregative E. coli heat-stable enterotoxin 1 (EAST 1). The gene was detected in fecal specimens of patients and usually causes relatively mild symptoms.   According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms of E. coli food poisoning include stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, and sometimes a…