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Food scientists create national atlas for deadly listeria

Aug 6, 2021

Among the deadliest of foodborne pathogens, Listeria monocytogenes soon may become easier to track down in food recalls and other investigations, thanks to a new genomic and geological mapping tool created by Cornell food scientists.

The national atlas will tell scientists where listeria and other related species reside within the contiguous United States, which could help them trace and pinpoint sources of listeria found in ingredients, food processing facilities and finished products, according to research published July 15 in Nature Microbiology.

Food scientists mentor international COVID-19 task force

Dec 10, 2020

Food businesses and consumers struggling with impacts of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal and Senegal now have access to customized resources, thanks to a mentorship project led by the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS@CU).

Food safety lab grants $2.9M for new global projects

Nov 16, 2020

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

Professors to field food industry COVID-19 queries

Mar 23, 2020

Three Cornell food science professors will hold special online “office hours” on March 23 at 4 p.m. to answer questions from food industry representatives on the burgeoning COVID-19 crisis.

Food scientists slice time off salmonella identification process

Mar 5, 2020

Researchers from Cornell, the Mars Global Food Safety Center in Beijing, and the University of Georgia have developed a method for completing whole-genome sequencing to determine salmonella serotypes in just two hours and the whole identification process within eight hours.

Partnership will advance food safety research in China

Aug 6, 2019

Cornell and China’s Hebei Qimei Agriculture Science and Technology Co. Ltd., an organic food group, signed an agreement in June to collaborate on microbial food safety research. The agreement was funded by a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to Cornell.

Cornell scientists discover new antibiotic resistance gene

May 7, 2019

While sifting through the bacterial genome of salmonella, Cornell food scientists discovered mcr-9, a new, stealthy jumping gene so diabolical and robust that it resists one of the world’s few last-resort antibiotics.

Nine faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Nov 27, 2018

Nine Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

Salmonella food poisoning could damage your DNA

Feb 21, 2017

Salmonella food poisoning wallops you for several days, but new research by Cornell food scientists indicates that some of its serotypes – variations of the bacterial species – can have permanent repercussions. It may damage your DNA.

IDFA Recognizes Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension Team for Food Safety Leadership

Feb 9, 2017

(Washington, D.C. – February 6, 2017) The Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team received the International Dairy Foods Association’s inaugural Food Safety Leadership Award at Dairy Forum 2017 last week in Orlando, Fla. The award honors an individual, group or organization for demonstrating outstanding leadership directed at enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry.

Newly discovered bacterium named for Martin Wiedmann

Aug 19, 2016

 A recently discovered spoilage bacterium has been named for Martin Wiedmann, the Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety. The microbe was formally announced Aug. 12 in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

Bacteria's own genome becomes food safety tool

Aug 9, 2016

Bacillus cereus – a common food bacterium – can no longer hide. The food industry has a new tool for identifying specific isolates behind foodborne illness that utilizes the bacteria’s own genomes.  “Examining the whole genome of the B. cereus group is a more reliable tool for identifying risks associated with the presence of these bacteria in our food,” said lead author Jasna Kovac, postdoctoral researcher at Cornell’s Food Safety Laboratory and Milk Quality Improvement Program

Got milk? Keep it away from LED lights

Jun 24, 2016

As great as it may be for you, there are plenty of things milk just doesn’t really go with. Cereal? Awesome. Fish? Probably not. And now, you can add LED lights to milk’s hit list. According to researchers from Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, exposing milk to LED lights “for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of milk more so than the microbial content that naturally accumulates over time.” 

Cornell joins call to up fed investment in agricultural research

Jun 14, 2016

Thirteen prominent research institutions in the United States joined the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation today in calling for a surge in federal support of food and agricultural science.  “Unlike the United States, China doubled its agricultural research and development funding investment between 2001 and 2008, resulting in an investment equivalent to $4 billion and a transformation of their economy,” said Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. 

Spate of recalls doesn't mean food is more risky

Jun 8, 2016

If it seems to you like these recalls are a dime a dozen these days, you're not imagining things, says Martin Wiedmann.  "But that doesn't mean our food is less safe," he noted.

FSL Alumnus Leader in Superbug Research

May 31, 2016

Patrick McGann, chief of molecular research for the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, was part of the team that found the mcr-1 gene in E.coli from a patient suffering from a urinary tract infection.  This gene confers bacterial resistance to colistin, a last-resort antibiotic.

Privately funded food safety lab opens at Cornell University

May 27, 2016

The idea behind the new 1,400-square-foot Rich’s Food Safety Lab is to partner with the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to use research and education to further the development of a safe and sustainable global food supply.

Food safety lab opens through Rich Products partnership

May 24, 2016

The Rich Family Foundation has donated $250,000 to a new partnership with Cornell University.  The new Rich’s Food Safety Lab  has been opened to engage in both critical food safety research and the education of the next generation of food safety leaders.

Coverage of Martin’s presentations at the 2016 Food Safety Summit in Chicago

May 15, 2016

On May 11 & 12, 2016, Martin presented at the Global Food Safety Summit in Chicago, Illinois.  Several news outlets covered the event, including a local outlet, Food Safety News, and an agricultural news outlet.

CALS leaders named to food security commission

May 12, 2016

Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS; Michael Hoffman, executive director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture; and Per Pinstrup-Andersen, professor emeritus in nutrition and economics, will provide critical insights as part of the new commission convened by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) tasked with addressing domestic and global food security challenges, and ensuring universal food security by 2050.