Weather and food: Cornell experts dish out tips for July 4th

Millions of Americans will hit the road for the beach, mountains or a simple backyard barbecue or picnic this holiday weekend. Samantha Borisoff, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, says hot temperatures with a possibly of thunderstorms are in the forecast. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/research.cfm?netid=sgh58 Borisoff says: “Will it rain on your […]

New high-pressure processor destroys foodborne pathogens

Media note: An animated graphic as well as additional photographs can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/HPP. A video of the researcher explaining the Hiperbaric 55 high-pressure food processor is available on YouTube. Cornell University food scientists are putting the squeeze on the microorganisms that spoil food and make people sick. With the installation of a new, commercial-scale high-pressure […]

Cornell to unveil nation’s first high-pressure validation facility for foodborne pathogens

  WHAT:          Cornell University and retired New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio unveil first high-pressure validation facility in the United States WHEN:          Tuesday, Jan, 31, 1 p.m. WHERE:        Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Food Science Building, 669 W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456   MEDIA:         Media members are asked to RSVP […]

Cornell leads effort to train farmers on new produce safety rules

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) announced the start of two national produce safety training programs designed to help the produce industry understand the critical role it plays in public health and prepare it to meet the new regulatory requirements in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. […]

Cornell food safety expert available to comment on Chipotle closures

Chipotle has temporarily shut down its restaurants during the busy lunch hours on Monday to do a company-wide training on food safety changes. Cornell University professor Robert Gravani is an expert in food safety in all sectors of the food system including production agriculture, food processing and retailing, as well as consumer information. Gravini is […]

Transparency key in decision to label modified ingredients

ITHACA, N.Y. – Take a look at any food label and there’s a good chance all design elements, from the color palette to the smallest detail, were meticulously chosen. Now, amid public debate about whether food companies should list genetically modified (GM) ingredients on their labels, that same deliberative process may be crucial to the […]

State supports food processing tech with $600,000 in funding

ITHACA, N.Y. – At a Sept. 14 press conference, New York State Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-54th Dist., announced $600,000 in state funds to bring a new food processing technology to Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York. The Hiperbaric 55, which captures fresh taste and extends shelf life while ensuring […]

Waiting to harvest after a rain enhances food safety

ITHACA, N.Y. – To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, according to new research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Rain or irrigation creates soil conditions that are more hospitable to Listeria monocytogenes, which when ingested may cause […]

Dial up food safety information with free app

Media note: Images of the app can be downloaded at, https://cornell.box.com/FoodKeeper ITHACA, N.Y. – For those who have wondered if Tuesday’s leftovers are still good, whether a chicken breast has been cooked to the correct temperature or how to keep food safe during a power outage, now there’s an app for that. Developed by Cornell University, the […]

Bacteria Be Gone! New Technology Keeps Bacteria From Sticking to Surfaces

Just as the invention of nonstick pans was a boon for chefs, a new type of nanoscale surface that bacteria can’t stick to holds promise for applications in the food processing, medical and even shipping industries. The technology, developed collaboratively by researchers from Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, uses an electrochemical process called anodization […]