Articles of Interest

March 23, 2016  |  by Sarah Buckleitner, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station  |  Source:

Scientists at Mississippi State University are working to rid poultry products of bacteria that can cause foodborne illness before they leave the processing plant. Foodborne illness is a serious concern among producers, processors and consumers. Each year, a million people in the U.S. contract foodborne illnesses from Campylobacter jejuni, or C. jejuni, common bacteria found in healthy poultry and cattle. MSU scientists recently tested the use of lauric arginate, a naturally derived, antimicrobial compound approved by the U.S. Department of ... Read more →

May 27, 2015  |  by Judie Bizzozero  |  Source: Food Product Design

If you think the clean-label movement is just a passing fad, you better pull your head out of the sand and take notice. According to a new report from Packaged Facts, eight-seven percent of Americans look at the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods and beverages at least sometimes, while 56 percent actively seek out nutritional information and guidelines. According to the “Nutritional Labeling and Clean Labels in the U.S.: Future of Food Retailing” report 67 percent of consumers prefer ... Read more →

March 10, 2015  |  by  |  Source: S.E. West, K.B. Harris, A.N. Haneklaus, J.W. Savell, L.D. Thompson, J.C. Brooks, J.K. Pool, A.M. Luna, T.E. Engle, J.S. Schutz, D.R. Woerner, S.L. Arcibeque, K.E. Belk, L. Douglass, J.M. Leheska, S. McNeill, J.C. Howe, J.M. Holden, M. Duvall, K. Patterson

Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate natural antimicrobials including cranberry powder, dried vinegar and lemon juice/vinegar concentrate, and post-lethality interventions (lauric arginate, octanoic acid, thermal treatment and high hydrostatic pressure) for the control of Listeria monocytogenes on alternatively-cured frankfurters. Lauric arginate, octanoic acid, and high hydrostatic pressure (400 MPa) reduced L. monocytogenes populations by 2.28, 2.03, and 1.88 log10 CFU per g compared to the control. L. monocytogenes grew in all post-lethality intervention treatments, except after a 600 MPa high ... Read more →