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IFT/NCFST Symposium To Address Safety Of Fresh Produce
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables have been shown to have many health benefits, yet recent outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with fresh produce have made consumers hesitant about getting their (1998-04-23)

Research finds a new way to reduce food waste
In a society that equates beauty with quality, the perception that blemished produce is less desirable than its perfect peers contributes to 1.3 billion tons of wasted food a year globally. Researchers are suggesting a potential solution -- they found that 'humanizing' produce can change consumer attitudes toward fresh fruits and vegetables that are showing signs of age. (2019-09-03)

New titles focus on food safety: Fresh produce and tracking contamination
ASM Press announces the first two titles in a new series of books devoted to emerging issues in food safety. (2006-10-17)

Ozone reduces fungal spoilage of fruits and vegetables
Storing fruits and vegetables in ozone-enriched environments reduces spoilage explains a scientist at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. Dr. Ian Singleton explains how ozone treatment could be a safe, effective replacement for pesticides as it leaves no residue on foods. (2011-04-10)

Frozen, fresh sperm both effective for in vitro fertilization
A new Mayo Clinic study shows that couples using in vitro fertilization have the same likelihood of successful pregnancy whether the sperm used is frozen or fresh. Researchers presented the results today at the annual scientific meeting of the American Urological Association in San Francisco. (2004-05-12)

The time is ripe for Salmonella
The ripeness of fruit could determine how food-poisoning bacteria grow on them, according to scientists presenting their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Dublin this week. Their work could lead to new strategies to improve food safety, bringing many health and economic benefits. (2012-03-25)

Keeping your peas and carrots safe to eat
Recent advances in food safety research are enabling plant pathologists to gain insight into how dangerous human pathogens, such as strains of E.coli and Salmonella, can survive on fresh fruits and vegetables and what can be done to control future outbreaks. (2004-06-08)

Assessing a new technique for ensuring fresh produce remains Salmonella-free
Researchers at the Institute of Food Research have tested a new technique to ensure fresh produce is free of bacterial contamination. Plasmas are a mix of highly energetic particles created when gases are excited by an energy source. They can be used to destroy bacteria but as new research shows, some can hide from its effects in the microscopic surface structures of different foods. (2012-09-17)

Researchers aim to demystify complex ag water requirements for Produce Safety Rule
In an effort to ensure the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables for consumers, Cornell University's Produce Safety Alliance is helping to explain complex federal food safety rules and develop new ways to assess agricultural water use. (2019-03-27)

Vegetables irrigated with treated wastewater expose consumers to drugs
A new study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center shows that eating vegetables and fruits grown in soils irrigated with reclaimed wastewater exposes consumers to minute quantities of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater effluents. (2016-04-18)

Organic or local?
The emerging trend toward healthier, fresher foods presents new dilemmas for conscientious consumers. Marketers tout the attributes of (2009-09-03)

Becoming new parents increases produce purchases
In the United States, both children and adults eat too few fruits and vegetables, which puts them at risk for poor diet quality and adverse health consequences. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found new parents increased their spending on produce in middle- and high-income households. (2019-07-08)

'Best if used by ...'
A recent variation of expiration dating is freshness dating. While it may seem like a great idea to let people know how fresh a food or beverage is, new evidence suggests otherwise. Freshness dating could backfire in big way, according to a forthcoming article in this month's Journal of Food Science as a food approaches its freshness (2006-06-23)

Alternative Food Processing Methods May Become Mainstream
Is it possible to inactivate foodborne pathogens with high pressure and ultraviolet light? Yes, say food scientists, who will explain alternative food processing technologies and their potential commercial uses at IFT's 1999 Annual Meeting. (1999-05-25)

Color and texture matter most when it comes to tomatoes
A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, evaluated consumers' choice in fresh tomato selection and revealed which characteristics make the red fruit most appealing. (2014-10-21)

New process yields safe orange juice that tastes like fresh-squeezed
A new process that uses carbon dioxide gas under high pressure can produce orange juice that tastes just like fresh-squeezed, but is as safe to drink as the heat- pasteurized variety, according to a University of Florida food engineer who helped perfect the process. (2000-04-20)

Emerging Pathogens And Safety Of Fresh Produce Key Issues Facing Food IndustryAnd Scientists
Pathogens of emerging concern, the prevalence of microbial contamination in fresh produce, and ways to ensure the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables will be explored at the Institute of Food Technologists' 1998 Annual Meeting & FOOD EXPO in Atlanta June 20-24. (1998-05-07)

Competition for shrinking groundwater
Groundwater, which has been used to irrigate crops, satiate livestock and quench thirst in general for thousands of years, continues to be a vital resource around the world. (2018-11-14)

Fresh-cut produce washing practices can minimize food-borne illness risks
Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture recently examined the safety and quality of (2007-12-06)

Solar power with a free side of drinking water
An integrated system seamlessly harnesses sunlight to cogenerate electricity and fresh water. (2019-07-10)

UMass Amherst food scientist will study pesticides in and on fresh produce
Food scientist and analytical chemist Lili He at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a three-year, $473,628 grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study mechanisms of how chemical pesticides, applied both systemically and to the surface, penetrate fresh produce and move into plant tissues, and how this may affect food safety for consumers. (2015-12-04)

Storage time and temperature effects nutrients in spinach
That seven-day-old bag of spinach in your refrigerator may not make you as strong as your grandma told you, because, according to Penn State food scientists, spinach stored for a long time loses much of its nutrient content. (2005-03-18)

Mapping food deserts
Two Michigan State University professors have developed interactive maps that offer a visual perspective of urban food deserts. By using GIS (geographic information systems) technology, they are showing, rather than simply telling, how urban residents are losing access to fresh produce and balanced nutrition. (2011-03-03)

Bioengineered marine algae expands environments where biofuels can be produced
Biologists at UC San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that marine algae can be just as capable as fresh water algae in producing biofuels. (2012-11-26)

Pesticide application as potential source of noroviruses in fresh food supply chains
Contaminated water used to dilute pesticides could be responsible for viruses entering the food chain, warn scientists. (2013-03-12)

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
An antimicrobial cocktail may reduce bacteria in fresh-cut produce, a nasal vaccine may increase protection against respiratory disease and genetically engineered plants produce cervical cancer vaccine components. (2003-08-15)

Sustainable 'plastics' are on the horizon
A new Tel Aviv University study describes a process to make bioplastic polymers that don't require land or fresh water -- resources that are scarce in much of the world. The resulting material is biodegradable, produces zero toxic waste and recycles into organic waste. (2018-12-24)

Produce safety future focus of supermarkets, farmers and consumers
Shoppers will continue to see the Fresh Local Produce sign in supermarkets, but stores will increasingly require growers to show proof of good agricultural practices, according to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences researchers. (2012-03-20)

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in ready-to-eat foods
Research presented at the ASM Microbe 2017 meeting by Bryan Sanchez of California State University-Northridge in Northridge, Calif., show that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are present in many ready-to-eat foods such as fresh produce and dairy products and may serve as a source of human exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (2017-06-04)

GSU professor develops new method to help keep fruit, vegetables and flowers fresh
A Georgia State University professor has developed an innovative new way to keep produce and flowers fresh for longer periods of time. Microbiologist George Pierce's method uses a naturally occurring microorganism -- no larger than the width of a human hair -- to induce enzymes that extend the ripening time of fruits and vegetables, and keeps the blooms of flowers fresh. (2009-10-20)

For women undergoing IVF, is fresh or frozen embryo transfer best?
IVF experts disagree about whether transferring a fresh or frozen embryo to a patient's womb offers the best opportunity for healthy babies. According to a study of almost 83,000 IVF patients published August 16 in the journal Fertility and Sterility, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The best technique may vary, depending on how many eggs the patient produces. (2018-08-16)

Research seeks alternatives for reducing bacteria in fresh produce using nanoengineering
Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the US have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety. The current strategy remains industrial washing of the product in water containing chlorine. Due to sanitizer ineffectiveness there is an urgent need to identify alternative, natural antimicrobials. Wayne State University researchers have been exploring alternative antimicrobials along with nanoengineering techniques to address this need. (2015-04-29)

Unique salt allows energy production to move inland
Production of energy from the difference between salt water and fresh water is most convenient near the oceans, but now, using an ammonium bicarbonate salt solution, Penn State researchers can combine bacterial degradation of waste water with energy extracted from the salt-water fresh-water gradient to produce power anywhere. (2012-03-01)

Measurement of volatile organic compounds may reveal wild rocket salad quality
By means of a new method Aarhus University scientists have demonstrated that there is a relation between the quality of packaged wild rocket after harvest and the release of volatile organic compounds. In the long term this new method may be beneficial to the industry as well as consumers. (2015-12-08)

Fresh fruit associated with lower risk of heart attack and stroke
People who eat fresh fruit on most days are at lower risk of heart attack and stroke than people who rarely eat fresh fruit, according to new research published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings come from a seven-year study of half a million adults in China, where fresh fruit consumption is much lower than in countries like the UK or US. (2016-04-06)

Ease of access improves fruit and vegetable consumption
A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that community-supported agriculture programs may be a feasible approach for providing fresh fruits and vegetables to under-resourced communities. (2013-09-03)

Food safety begins as vegetables grow
Monitoring vegetables while they are growing is crucial in the prevention of contamination of fresh produce with harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, say plant pathologists who are members of the American Phytopathological Society. (2007-06-11)

KIST ensures stability of desalination process with magnesium
A Korean research team found a method to inhibit the fouling of membranes, which are used in the desalination process that removes salt and dissolved substances from seawater to obtain drinking, domestic, and industrial water. (2020-05-04)

Ongoing pregnancy rates from vitrified eggs as good as those from fresh
Embryos derived from oocytes (eggs) cryopreserved by the vitrification method are just as likely to produce an ongoing pregnancy as those involving fresh oocytes. These research results will make egg donation both easier and safer in the future. (2010-06-30)

Fresh water found in the Norwegian Sea
The discovery was made at 800 meters below the surface in two small canyons on the continental slope outside Lofoten archipelago. (2019-08-28)

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