Sep 15, 2015
Tequila, Mezcal and Social Science: Q&A With Sarah Bowen
Sarah Bowen knows a lot about tequila and mezcal. Her new book, Divided Spirits: Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Production, explores the complex web of relationships – from farmers to bartenders – involved in transforming agave grown in Mexico into high-end spirits and cocktails consumed around the world.
Jul 14, 2015
Public Response to New Technologies in Food Depends on the Type of Tech
A recent study highlights the complexity of determining how the public will respond to incorporating nanotechnology or genetic modification into food products.
May 1, 2015
Study Finds Guidance Improves Food Safety Practices at School, Community Gardens
School and community gardens have become increasingly popular in recent years, but the people managing and working in these gardens are often unfamiliar with food safety practices that reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Now researchers have developed guidelines that address how to limit risk in these gardens – and a pilot study shows that the guidelines make a difference.
Apr 13, 2015
Foodborne Illness: Consumer Costs, Consequences and Choices
Changes to our food system have increased the availability and variety of foods for U.S. consumers, but these changes have also introduced food safety challenges that can have significant impacts on human health and the economy.
Apr 7, 2015
Seafood Safety 101: Vibrio in Shellfish
Seafood consumption is on the rise -- but so is the most important pathogen found in seafood: Vibrio bacteria.
Apr 1, 2015
When a Norovirus Expert Got Norovirus
Norovirus affects millions of people each year, costing the U.S. billions of dollars. This year, one of those people was a norovirus researcher.
Mar 31, 2015
Food Safety 101: What Is Campylobacter (and What Are We Doing About It)?
Researcher Hannah Bolinger explains what campylobacteriosis is, why it's important, and what researchers are doing to tackle the problem.
Mar 30, 2015
Listeriosis and Produce: What’s the Connection?
How NC State researchers are trying to understand and address the health risks associated with listeriosis and fresh produce.
Mar 10, 2015
Why Everyone Should Care About Food Safety
Food safety poses a global health problem. But it also causes millions of illnesses in the U.S. every year -- costing the country more than $14 billion annually.
Jan 5, 2015
Mezcal and Markets: One Battle in the War Over Mexico’s Agave Spirits
In 2011 and 2012, Mexico was the site of a battle over precisely how agave-based liquors could be branded or marketed. In the end, as outlined in a new paper in the journal Gastronomica, U.S. bartenders, retailers, and consumers played a key role in the debate – which raises some interesting questions about how to best protect local food customs and producers.