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US launches agreement to further shell egg safety

US launches agreement to further shell egg safety | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US has announced its intent to establish a Cooperative Agreement with the North Carolina State University, Prestage Department of Poultry Science and the Piedmont Research Station Poultry Unit to...

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The research project will focus on advancing shell egg safety from Salmonella serotypes in the US market. The agreement will go into effect in September 2013. Read more | http://tinyurl.com/ozpj2z6

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Hepatitis A Outbreak: How A Frozen Berry And Pomegranate Mix Could Sicken 97

Hepatitis A Outbreak: How A Frozen Berry And Pomegranate Mix Could Sicken 97 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
by Paige Brown, Guest Correspondent @FromTheLabBench Electron micrograph of hepatitis A virions.
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Hepatitis A outbreak: How frozen berry, pomegranate mix could sicken 97 | Food safety experts in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University -- Dr. Ben Chapman & Dr. Lee Ann Jaykus -- explain how water, supply chain, and global trade can affect food safety. Read more | http://tinyurl.com/m2zqr5s

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North Carolina researchers seek organic alternative to chlorine

North Carolina researchers seek organic alternative to chlorine | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
In March, N.C. State University hired Chen Jiang, a graduate student, to assist Penelope Perkins-Veazie with the postharvest research.
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Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie's team at the Plants for Human Health Institute is investigating plant-based compounds as produce washes, for food safety & longer shelf life, with acceptability for organic food labeling. Read more | http://tinyurl.com/oyj4te5

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N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and L...

N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and L... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Hosni Hassan, NC State University Prof. of Microbiology, & Dr. Matt Koci, Assoc. Prof. of Poultry Science, lead the charge on a new 5-year, $ 2.5M grant from USDA-NIFA to stamp out salmonella. They will try to develop new ways to prevent poultry from getting colonized by salmonella, so that poultry products the consumer comes in contact with are less likely to be capable of causing foodborne illness.

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N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Hosni Hassan, NCSU professor of microbiology, and Dr. Matt Koci, associate professor of poultry science, are leading the charge on a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)  to stamp out salmonella.

 

“Our research is aimed at trying to develop new ways of preventing poultry from getting colonized by salmonella, so then the poultry products the consumer comes in contact with are less likely to be capable of causing foodborne illness,” Koci said. “But educating the public on safe food handling practices is an equally important piece of the puzzle. This grant will allow us to attack salmonella from both angles.”

 

Hassan and Koci will work with partners from UNC-Chapel Hill, the Kenan Fellows program and North Carolina 4-H to develop an educational program based on their salmonella research that eventually will be made available to youth statewide.

 

Through the Kenan Fellows program, select North Carolina K-12 teachers will spend time in Hassan’s and Koci’s labs this summer learning the researchers’ respective areas of science. From that experience, the teachers will develop lessons on everything from safe food handling practices to the science behind salmonella. ..."

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N.C. Cooperative Extension Providing Food Safety Audit Trainings for Farmers | Opening Markets

N.C. Cooperative Extension Providing Food Safety Audit Trainings for Farmers | Opening Markets | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to deliver workshops across the state that help N.C. farmers meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fresh produce safety standards. Workshops will be held at four Cooperative Extension centers across the state in November and December.


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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Experts: Food Safety Audits Need an Overhaul

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Experts: Food Safety Audits Need an Overhaul | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Ben Chapman, food safety specialist, is part of a team which recently published research suggesting how to make food safety audits more useful and understandable for food buyers, food service providers, and others in the food supply chain. The researchers also discuss third-party food safety auditors and their role in keeping the food supply safe.

 

Read the paper in Food Control here:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713512004409?v=s5

 

 

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FDA Enlists NC State to Chart Transmission Routes for Salmonella | Food Safety News

FDA Enlists NC State to Chart Transmission Routes for Salmonella | Food Safety News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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FDA Enlists NC State to Chart Salmonella Transmission Routes | The Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) will begin working with the Prestage Department of Poultry Science & the Piedmont Research Station Poultry Unit in Fall to study transmission routes for Salmonella in the shell egg industry, to improve the food safety controls which prevent foodborne illness. Readmore | http://tinyurl.com/odbp5lt

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Researchers develop a faster method to identify Salmonella strains | Penn State University

Researchers develop a faster method to identify Salmonella strains | Penn State University | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A method that may reduce by more than half the time it takes health officials to identify Salmonella strains has been developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
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CALS Food scientist, Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, helped develop method to speed response to foodborne illnesses \ Read more | http://tinyurl.com/kapf3e9

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North Carolina, Tennessee scientists teaming up to improve organic produce safety | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina, Tennessee scientists teaming up to improve organic produce safety | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A group of scientists at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and North Carolina State University are working together to improve the safety of organic produce — naturally.
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Scientists at the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will work with UT researchers to develop a wash to reduce foodborne illness caused by E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria.

 

CALS project partners include Jonathan Baros, farm & agribusiness management, PHHI; Jeanine Davis, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, organic crops; MaryAnne Drake, Professor, sensory analysis & flavor chemistry; Diane Ducharme, GAPs Program Coordinator & Extension Associate, horticulture & food safety, PHHI; & Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Professor & postharvest physiologist, PHHI.

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RALEIGH: N.C. State researchers say roach grooming could lead to new pest controls | Health | NewsObserver.com

RALEIGH: N.C. State researchers say roach grooming could lead to new pest controls | Health | NewsObserver.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A paper published by researchers at N.C. State University found cockroach grooming habits may help developers of insecticide products find better ways of controlling pests.
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Dr. Coby Schal, entomologist in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences coauthored the study with authors were Dale Batchelor of NCSU’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility & Marianna Zhukovskaya, Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

Read the paper in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/04/2656341/nc-state-researchers-say-roach.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
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Ag Research Needs More Funding, Say Experts | Food Safety News

Ag Research Needs More Funding, Say Experts | Food Safety News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Two CALS professors, crop scientist, Dr. Tom Sinclair, and economist, Michael Roberts, were among the advisors on the President's Council of

Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

 

Their new "Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness and the Agricultural Enterprise," recommends a an additional $700 million per year for agricultural research, and outlines how the money should be spent.

 

The full report is here:

http://tinyurl.com/bemnsn4

 

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E. coli adapts to colonize plants

E. coli adapts to colonize plants | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
This is from a U.K. Institute of Food Research press release: To find out more, the IFR team took the first comprehensive look at the differences between the populations of E. coli growing on crop plants and populations in the mammalian gut.

 

Findings:

Strains found to vary genetically throughout a given field
Strains found on lleaf surfaces formed biofilms, presumed protective against desiccation, more readily
Leaf surface strains used sucrose & other plant-derived sugars more readily
Clear evidence of environmental selection

 

The findings could be valuable in food safety/protection.

 

For more food safety information, check out our Food Safety Information sheets at:

http://foodsafetyinfosheets.wordpress.com/

 

from our food safety specialist, Dr. Ben Chapman

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/4hfcs/people/ben-chapman.html

 

And check out the food safety blog, barflog

http://barfblog.foodsafety.ksu.edu/barfblog

 

 

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