CAHNRS News|July 02, 2020
Low-moisture foods, like cereals and flour, dried fruit and nuts, have been recalled repeatedly in the last few years, posing health risks to consumers and economic threats to businesses.
Bradley Marks, chair of the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, leads a team of economists, engineers, microbiologists, consumer educators and risk modelers in the five-year, $9.8 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. NIFA has designated the project as a Center of Excellence, meaning it has high merit value and meets criteria for broad impact.
Low-moisture foods are used as ingredients in a variety of products, so if one supplier faces a recall, numerous items could be affected. One recall or outbreak could put a small operation out of business.
E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria can’t be completely eliminated from dried fruits, nuts, flour and cereals. However… [continue reading]
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