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Released: 6-May-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Swiping, swabbing elevates processing plant food safety
Cornell University

By swiping surfaces in commercial food processing plants with specially designed rapid-testing adenosine triphospate (ATP) swabs – which produce a light similar to the glow of fireflies in the presence of microorganisms – spoilage and foodborne illness could diminish, according to a new study from Cornell University food scientists.

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Released: 3-May-2021 3:50 PM EDT
Ravi Sheth Wins Hertz Thesis Prize for Revolutionizing Microbial Research
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Hertz Fellow Ravi Sheth was awarded the 2020 Hertz Thesis Prize for developing new tools used in microbial research.

Released: 3-May-2021 8:55 AM EDT
Free Book on Poisonous Plants in Virginia Available for Download
University of Virginia Health System

An increasing number of Virginians searching for leeks are being poisoned when they instead mistakenly gathered the highly poisonous False Hellebore.

3-May-2021 7:05 AM EDT
New guidelines for schools recommend against food bans
McMaster University

The international guideline panel included 22 health-care professionals, school administrators, and parents of children with and without food allergy, along with a team of six researchers with methodology expertise. A systematic literature review of practices for managing food allergy in schools found a lack of high-quality evidence, so the guideline recommendations are graded as conditional.

Newswise: Heavy charge against water germs
Released: 29-Apr-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Heavy charge against water germs
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Removing pathogens from drinking water is especially difficult when the germs are too tiny to be caught by conventional filters. Researchers at Empa and Eawag are developing new materials and processes to free water from pathogenic microorganisms such as viruses.

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Released: 22-Apr-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Revitalizes Strategic Plan for Dynamic Health Care Environment
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Board of Directors has revitalized the organization’s ongoing Strategic Plan to prioritize programs and initiatives in four areas where the Academy will focus efforts to accelerate progress towards achieving its vision and mission.

Newswise: Sunlight to solve the world’s clean water crisis
Released: 15-Apr-2021 7:05 PM EDT
Sunlight to solve the world’s clean water crisis
University of South Australia

Researchers at The University of South Australia's Future Industries Institute have developed technology that could eliminate water stress for millions of people, including those living in many of the planet’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.

Released: 13-Apr-2021 2:20 PM EDT
‘Our Changing Menu’: Warming climate serves up meal remake
Cornell University

How will climate change affect the world’s dinner plates?

Newswise: Argonne researchers aim to solve problems for the world’s freshwater supply
Released: 22-Mar-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Argonne researchers aim to solve problems for the world’s freshwater supply
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne National Laboratory is partnering with industry, government, academia and others to solve problems with the nation’s water system, with wide-ranging benefits for the U.S. economy.

17-Mar-2021 8:50 AM EDT
Strengthening water resources planning in East Africa
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA researchers worked with local stakeholders from the East African Community to explore and co-develop regional water scenarios that can enhance understanding of the up- and downstream water sector interactions in the extended Lake Victoria Basin.

Released: 18-Mar-2021 3:50 PM EDT
The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences is Now Accepting Applications for a Summer Research Opportunity Fellowships
Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Remote, part-time Fellowships available for graduate students from diverse backgrounds to learn about and contribute to ongoing food and beverage sector research projects.

Released: 18-Mar-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Florida State Sociologist, Author Examines Benign Neglect of Flint Residents in "Tainted Tap"
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: March 17, 2021 | 3:09 pm | SHARE: It’s been seven years since the city of Flint, Michigan responded to a budget shortfall by switching its water source from Detroit, which draws from Lake Huron, to the Flint River. That move set off a years-long health crisis that has devastated lives and led to the indictment of the state’s former governor and eight other public officials.

Released: 4-Mar-2021 3:55 PM EST
Does a vegan diet lead to poorer bone health?
BFR Federal Institute For Risk Assessment

The vegan diet is on trend. How this type of diet affects health is the subject of scientific studies. In a new study from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the bone health of 36 vegans as well as 36 people following a mixed-food diet was determined with an ultrasound measurement of the heel bone.

Released: 3-Mar-2021 1:40 PM EST
Ultrasonic cleaning of salad could reduce instances of food poisoning
University of Southampton

A new study has shown that gentle streams of water carrying sound and microscopic air bubbles can clean bacteria from salad leaves more effectively than current washing methods used by suppliers and consumers.

Newswise: Clean Water Technology Center Reveals New Approach to Removing Toxins in Wastewater
Released: 2-Mar-2021 3:10 PM EST
Clean Water Technology Center Reveals New Approach to Removing Toxins in Wastewater
Stony Brook University

The New York State Center for Clean Water Technology (CCWT) at Stony Brook University has made a series of critical discoveries regarding a new approach to protecting Long Island’s drinking water, groundwater, and surface waters. Some of the discoveries involve 1,4-dioxane.

Newswise: Backyard chickens risk pathogen spread
Released: 2-Mar-2021 10:25 AM EST
Backyard chickens risk pathogen spread
University of Georgia

Keeping backyard chickens was already on the rise, and the hobby has become even more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, a University of Georgia researcher cautions that the practice has risks not just for chickens, but for wildlife and people as well.

Released: 26-Feb-2021 8:45 AM EST
Collaborative Research Institute Offers March 3, March 24 Webinars on Gut Microbiome
Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Research on the relationship between the gut microbiome and diet can provide insights into diseases like depression and other health conditions.

Newswise: Further action on cadmium needed for global food safety
Released: 15-Feb-2021 7:05 PM EST
Further action on cadmium needed for global food safety
University of Adelaide

An international group of leading fertiliser and soils experts have published a major review of the status of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in agricultural systems around the world.

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Released: 10-Feb-2021 3:00 PM EST
FSU professor receives USDA grants to help develop food safety tests
Florida State University

A Florida State University researcher has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop tests that will uncover adulterated or contaminated foods.

Newswise: Nitrate in maternal drinking water may impair fetal growth
Released: 9-Feb-2021 12:30 PM EST
Nitrate in maternal drinking water may impair fetal growth
University of Illinois at Chicago

Women whose household drinking water contained nitrate had babies that weighed, on average, 10 grams less than babies born to mothers where household water had no detectible nitrate, according to a new study. Even low nitrate levels — about half of the allowable level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA — caused an adverse effect.

22-Jan-2021 10:35 AM EST
Detecting trace amounts of multiple classes of antibiotics in foods
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have developed a method to simultaneously measure 77 antibiotics in a variety of foods.

Released: 26-Jan-2021 10:10 AM EST
New Research: Monitoring Online Posts by Consumers Could Help Improve Food Safety
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

An estimated 48 million cases of foodborne illness are contracted in the U.S. annually, causing about 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to CDC. In some instances, the source is well known, but 80 percent of food poisoning cases are of unknown origin. A new study published by Risk Analysis, proposes a new Food Safety Monitoring System that utilizes data mining on websites to identify products associated with food-related illnesses.

Released: 26-Jan-2021 9:00 AM EST
Groups Denounce Misleading “One Health CertifiedTM” Label Scheme
George Washington University

Today, a coalition of animal welfare, consumer, public health, and environmental organizations called on grocery stores, restaurants and meat producers to reject the use of a misleading label scheme known as One Health CertifiedTM (OHC) and the standards behind it. The label was approved for use on chicken and turkey products earlier this year and is now being used by a handful of grocery store chains, including Aldi and BJ’s, and at least one restaurant chain. Consumer Reports recently assigned the OHC label its second poorest rating because the standards behind the label essentially reflect current problematic industry practices related to antibiotic use, animal production, and environmental impact.

Released: 20-Jan-2021 8:55 AM EST
A mobile app against food waste
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Today, data.org announced the eight global winners of the $10 million Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge, which aims to address major societal challenges through computer and data science. Among the winners is a project by BASE (Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy) and Empa that aims to give smallholder farmers in India access to sustainable cooling facilities through a mobile app to reduce food waste.

Newswise: NUS engineers create ‘smart’ aerogel that turns air into drinking water
Released: 18-Jan-2021 10:05 PM EST
NUS engineers create ‘smart’ aerogel that turns air into drinking water
National University of Singapore

Researchers from NUS Engineering have developed a new aerogel that autonomously absorbs water from the atmosphere and then releases it effortlessly without any external power source. This invention is a promising solution for sustainable, freshwater production.

Newswise: Low cost chlorine dispensing device improves tap water safety in low-resource regions
11-Jan-2021 1:05 PM EST
Low cost chlorine dispensing device improves tap water safety in low-resource regions
Tufts University

Engineers have developed an inexpensive chlorine dispensing device that improves the safety of drinking water in remote and low resource regions at the point of collection. It requires no electricity and very little maintenance, and provides a quick and easy way to eliminate water borne pathogens.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:45 AM EST
Northern lakes at risk of losing ice cover permanently, impacting drinking water
York University

Close to 5,700 lakes in the Northern Hemisphere may permanently lose ice cover this century, 179 of them in the next decade, at current greenhouse gas emissions, despite a possible polar vortex this year, researchers at York University have found.

Newswise: UAH researchers developing glass fiber drinking water monitor with EPA grant
Released: 7-Jan-2021 10:05 AM EST
UAH researchers developing glass fiber drinking water monitor with EPA grant
University of Alabama Huntsville

A novel sensor network using glass fibers to safeguard drinking water supplies is being developed under a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant in a cross-campus collaboration at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

Newswise: Researchers measure, model desalination membranes to maximize flow, clean more water
30-Dec-2020 2:20 PM EST
Researchers measure, model desalination membranes to maximize flow, clean more water
Iowa State University

A team of researchers -- including engineers from Iowa State University -- have used transmission electron microscopy and 3D computational modeling to quantify and visualize why some desalination membranes work better than others.

8-Dec-2020 12:15 PM EST
Drinking Water Significant Source of Microplastics in Human Diet
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

In an effort to understand the potential risks associated with exposure to micro/nanoplastics, the Emerging Risks of Micro/nanoplastics: Perspectives From Diverse Sectors symposia at the 2020 Society for Risk Analysis virtual Annual Meeting, December 13-17, 2020, aims to highlight the current state of knowledge associated with physical and chemical transformation, hazard characterization, environmental effects, social implications and policy limitations.  

Released: 11-Dec-2020 2:00 PM EST
Food scientists mentor international COVID-19 task force
Cornell University

Food businesses and consumers coping with COVID-19 impacts in five countries in Asia and Africa now have access to customized resources, and experts mentored by the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University.

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Released: 10-Dec-2020 1:55 PM EST
Harvesting the sun's energy for clean drinking water: Where we are, where we need to be
Shibaura Institute of Technology

Without drinkable water there is no life. Yet, nearly 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to fresh water and another 2.4 billion suffer from diseases borne by unclean drinking water.

Released: 10-Dec-2020 11:05 AM EST
12th Annual Vahouny Fiber Symposium Kicks Off Dec. 14-15
Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Fiber in food is critical to nutrition and health. This conference for nutritionists and researchers provides an international perspective on fiber science.

Newswise: FAU Receives Florida Department of Health Grant to Study Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
Released: 10-Dec-2020 8:30 AM EST
FAU Receives Florida Department of Health Grant to Study Health Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms
Florida Atlantic University

Despite many occurrences of red tide and blue green algae in Florida waters, the understanding of the health effects of exposure to these blooms is limited. Researchers will evaluate short- and long-term health effects of exposure to harmful algal blooms (HABS) in Florida to capture key areas of human exposure and a wide demographic population profile. They also will evaluate the potential effect of exposure to COVID-19 on susceptibility to HABs and health outcomes in this study population.

Released: 19-Nov-2020 1:35 PM EST
Infection with SARS-CoV-2 via pork meat unlikely according to current state of knowledge
BFR Federal Institute For Risk Assessment

According to the current state of knowledge, there are no cases that have shown evidence of humans being infected with the novel coronavirus via the consumption of contaminated food.

Newswise: Tackling food allergies at the source
Released: 18-Nov-2020 8:00 AM EST
Tackling food allergies at the source
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Food allergies cost billions of dollars and cause enormous suffering for people. Researchers are trying to remove the source of food allergies altogether — troublesome proteins made by our favorite crops.

Released: 16-Nov-2020 12:05 PM EST
Food Safety Lab Grants $2.9M for New Global Projects
Cornell University

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety, co-located at Cornell and Purdue Universities, has announced $2.9 million in grants for research projects to improve food safety and prevent foodborne illness in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya and Senegal.

Released: 26-Oct-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Scientists to improve food plant worker safety, product supply
Cornell University

A Cornell University-led project will use computer modeling and outreach to find optimal strategies to minimize COVID-19 cases and transmission among workers in food processing facilities, while maintaining the best possible production.

Newswise: How a toxic chromium species could form in drinking water
25-Sep-2020 10:05 AM EDT
How a toxic chromium species could form in drinking water
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have investigated how hexavalent chromium, known as Cr(VI), can form in drinking water when corroded cast iron pipes interact with residual disinfectant.

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