ARS scientists studied how high-oleic soybean oil--an oil with high amounts of monounsaturated fats--modifies LDL cholesterol in comparison to other oils.
Fighting Foodborne Illness
There are over one million cases of Salmonella and over 26,000 hospitalizations from this foodborne illness in the U.S. every year. The cause for most of these cases is consumption of contaminated food, such as undercooked or raw meat, poultry, eggs, or dairy.
To help combat this issue, ARS scientists with the U.S. National Poultry Research Center in Athens, GA, in collaboration with Food Science researchers at the University of Georgia, developed a series of algorithms capable of effectively predicting the prevalence of Salmonella. From these algorithms, the researchers predictively modeled factors that most impacted the presence of Salmonella throughout the pastured poultry farm-to-fork continuum. In the preharvest stages, they found that the number of years of farming and feed composition were major farm management drivers. In postharvest stages, the scientists identified feed composition as the most relevant variable. Other major factors that were correlated with Salmonella presence included average temperature, humidity, and high wind gust speeds.
These algorithms allow farmers and food inspectors alike to identify where in the supply chain Salmonella contamination is likely to occur so appropriate measures can be taken.
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An Apple a Day May Keep Alzheimer’s Away
Researchers found that specific fruits and vegetables rich in plant compounds known as flavonoids may significantly reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia.
Keep Cool and Stay Fresh
Researchers developed a cool new intervention technology involving the use of cold plasma and hydrogen peroxide aerosols.
Rethinking the Old Adage About Oil and Water Not Mixing
A stabilizer created using corn starch and vegetable oil opens the door to all sorts of useful food-grade and industrial applications.
Turning Poison Ivy Against Itself
Scientists have developed and are testing a derivative of urushiol that could help desensitize the skin of individuals susceptible to poison ivy dermatitis.