As food safety issues continue to garner national attention, N.C. State University is helping farmers in North Carolina take steps to manage food safety risks. N.C. State has developed two portable hand-washing station prototypes as customizable models for local growers in an effort to help them provide quality hand-washing facilities in their fields and at their market stalls.
Each year, foodborne microbes make millions sick, lead to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and kill more than 3,000 people in the United States alone. In her Schaub Hall laboratory, N.C. State University’s Dr. Sophia Kathariou works to reduce that toll by unraveling the molecular mysteries of two particularly problematic pathogens.
The “Acidified Foods Better Process Control School” will be held in Asheville Feb. 22-24. This entrepreneurs’ workshop will be led by the N.C. State University Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Extension Program, in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The North Carolina Fresh Produce Safety Task Force has been recognized as an outstanding team by the Xi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Cooperative Extension’s professional development organization.
The chief executive officer of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention has joined the North Carolina State University faculty.
Ben Chapman, Extension food safety specialist in N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will be interviewed Sunday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 a.m. on Fox50′s Tarheel Talk in the Triangle area.
Hurricane Irene left many people across North Carolina without power – and with questions about food safety. When the power goes out, food that’s supposed to be kept cool in the refrigerator or freezer can grow harmful bacteria. Because unsafe food may not appear to be or smell spoiled, North Carolina Cooperative Extension offers post-storm food safety guidelines.
North Carolina State University will use a $25 million grant to strengthen food safety by studying human noroviruses across the food supply chain in an effort to design effective control measures and reduce the number of virus-caused food-borne illnesses.
The N.C. State University Seafood Laboratory at Morehead City’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology will offer two workshops in May on HACCP food safety planning for the seafood industry.
Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences professor Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus was a member of a committee reviewing the Food and Drug Administration’s role in ensuring safe food.