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New column: Food science majors have plenty of career options

“You can major in food in college?” This is a question I commonly receive after informing people that I’m a food scientist.

I often find that people are unaware of the food-related degrees higher education offers, so I hope to expose a number of these opportunities here.

Food-related degrees are generally found within the following academic departments: agriculture, health and human development, culinary schools and hospitality management.

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Making Sense of Food Safety Legislation

Seinfeld fans will remember the episode when Jerry watches in horror as a pizza server breezes out of the bathroom without washing his hands, then offers the comedian a slice. While the exchange was hilarious on screen, the real-life implications could be very serious. After all, bacteria from unwashed hands can create a life-or-death issue, especially for children, senior citizens, pregnant women or the immuno-suppressed.

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New Website Will Reveal The Science Behind Your Favorite Foods

New Website Will Reveal The Science Behind Your Favorite Foods

There are a lot of recipe websites on the internet. I just googled “apple pie recipe” and was met with twelve pages of results. But how many of these recipes are vetted? What’s the science behind them? Well, a new website, Cook’s Science, hopes to fill a void pretty clearly left by all these other recipe shops.

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Scientific Breakthrough May Change Food Safety Forever

Scientific Breakthrough May Change Food Safety Forever

How safe is a raw diet? Could sterilizing our food actually make us more prone to sickness? Are vegans healthier than carnivores? In the last few decades, global food poisoning scares from beef to peanut butter have kept food scientists and researchers around the world asking these questions and searching for improved methods of handling and testing what we eat.

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Food science work boosts meat export game

EMERGING food science technology is allowing red meat exporters to make speedy, data-based decisions about optimum temperature and storage conditions on shipments.

Not only is the new tool, developed by a team of scientists from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture’s Food Safety Centre, ensuring meat gets to consumers in perfect condition but it is providing input savings and reducing energy wastage.

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The Top 9 Food Safety Risks in Supermarkets

The Top 9 Food Safety Risks in Supermarkets

Food is so easily available in our developed, industrialised country that we take it for granted. We just expect that the food we buy in supermarkets and corner shops is safe to eat and nutritious. It is displayed on clean brightly lit shelves and cabinets and presented in attractive packaging, all looking perfectly fine.

This masks the complexity of factors involved in ensuring the food we buy is safe. The retail food industry, in fact, is at the forefront of consumer protection.

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More food safety data to be online soon

More food safety data to be online soon

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service today announced that it will soon begin sharing new levels of food safety data specific to slaughter and processing facilities in the United States, on Data.gov. The agency has detailed its framework for releasing this data in its Establishment-Specific Data Release Plan, which the agency anticipates will allow consumers to make more informed choices, motivate individual establishments to improve performance, and lead to industry-wide improvements in food safety by providing better insights into strengths and weaknesses of different practices.

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After Food Safety and Drug Scandals, Chipotle Seeks a Fresh Start

After Food Safety and Drug Scandals, Chipotle Seeks a Fresh Start

The past 12 months have not been easy for Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Following a food safety scare last year in which hundreds of people fell ill after eating Chipotle products contaminated with E. coli bacteria or noroviruses, the company — which has long advertised its fresh, high-quality ingredients — has seen its stock price fall by double digits.

So Chipotle decided it was time for a new marketing push, one that would remind customers what drew them to Chipotle in the first place. This corporate reboot included instituting a temporary loyalty plan, something the company had long resisted, that started on July 1 and rewards repeat customers with free food.

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