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Creating Health and Nutrition: Selecting Cheese for Health - Articles Articles

Creating Health and Nutrition: Selecting Cheese for Health

Stacy Reed, MS, Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D., Rayna Cooper

This fact sheet provides dietary tips and an overview of the nutrition information of cheese, explains why cheeses are so different, and briefly describes how cheese is manufactured. More
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Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety? - Articles Articles

Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety?

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, Brad Beatty

Food labels provide consumers with valuable information. Unfortunately, the meaning of label date marks are often misunderstood. More
Foodborne Illness Symptoms, USDA
Long Term Health Consequences of a Foodborne Illness - Articles Articles
With 1 in 6 Americans developing food poisoning each year, or more accurately foodborne illness, it is not something to be taken lightly! More
Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking
Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking - Articles Articles

Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking

Sarah Cornelisse, Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Emily Montgomery

The renaissance of farm-based dairy processing can be attractive, but it is imperative that farmers research and plan all aspects of a new enterprise. More
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Employee Illnesses: What You Need to Know - Articles Articles

Employee Illnesses: What You Need to Know

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Food service employees who work when sick can easily contaminate food and food contact surfaces, resulting in a foodborne illness outbreak. More
Writing Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) Writing Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs) - Articles
Consistently using correct cleaning and sanitizing procedures in dairy and food processing plants is the foundation to producing high quality, safe food. More
Key Concepts of Cleaning and Sanitizing
Key Concepts of Cleaning and Sanitizing - Articles Articles

Key Concepts of Cleaning and Sanitizing

Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D.

Proper cleaning and sanitizing is essential to producing high quality, safe dairy foods. A well-informed and trained staff provides the foundation for safe food processing. More
Cleaning and Sanitizing Wood Boards for Cheese Aging
Cleaning and Sanitizing Wood Boards for Cheese Aging - Articles Articles
The traditional practice of using wood boards for cheese aging must meet the contemporary practice of sanitation to ensure food safety. More
Dairy Food Processing - Federal Regulations
Dairy Food Processing - Federal Regulations - Articles Articles

Dairy Food Processing - Federal Regulations

Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D.

Federal regulations for food processors encompass food safety, standards for manufacturing facilities, good manufacturing practices, and compositional standards. More
Judges cutting a 200 pound block of Swiss cheese
Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition - Articles Articles

Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition

Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition is open to any Pennsylvania cheesemaker holding a valid dairy foods manufacturing permit. More
Home Cheesemaking
Home Cheesemaking - Articles Articles

Home Cheesemaking

Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D.

Making cheese at home is fun. Proper preparation and attention to sanitation will make good tasting cheese that is safe for the whole family to enjoy. More
'Abion' strawberries and 'Polka' (left) and 'Josephine' raspberries (right) at Penn State's High Tunnel facility.
Growing Raspberries and Strawberries in Containers - Articles Articles
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) High and Low Tunnel Berry Project Update #1—information on growing strawberries and raspberries in containers. More
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Reducing Food Waste with Food Safety in Mind - Articles Articles

Reducing Food Waste with Food Safety in Mind

Dori Owczarzak, MS, RD, LDN, Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, Megan Wall

Throwing away food is a waste! Here are tips to help you reduce the amount of food you throw out, while being sure the foods you eat are safe. More
Game Meat Safety
Game Meat Safety - Articles Articles

Game Meat Safety

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

As you are getting ready to go hunting, there are three things about caring for and preserving game meat that should be stressed. More
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Foodborne Illness and Listeria monocytogenes - Articles Articles

Foodborne Illness and Listeria monocytogenes

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes is particularly harmful to pregnant women, newborns, children, elderly, and immune compromised individuals. More
Dairy Food Processing - Pennsylvania Regulations
Dairy Food Processing - Pennsylvania Regulations - Articles Articles
Dairy food processors must meet all regulations that apply to food processors, as well as regulations for dairy food processing and standards for specific products. More
Sanitation for Dairy Food Plants
Sanitation for Dairy Food Plants - Articles Articles

Sanitation for Dairy Food Plants

Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D.

Sanitation Controls are an element of Food Safety Plans that are required for all food processors by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The end result is high quality, safe dairy products. More
The Grade "A" Pasteurized Milk Ordinance
The Grade "A" Pasteurized Milk Ordinance - Articles Articles

The Grade "A" Pasteurized Milk Ordinance

Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D.

The Grade "A" Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) is recognized as the national standard for milk sanitation. More
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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - Articles Articles

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D.

The Food Safety Modernization (FSMA) is sweeping legislation that puts into place mandatory prevention-based controls across the food supply to protect public safety and prevent illness. More
Dairy Product Standards
Dairy Product Standards - Articles Articles

Dairy Product Standards

Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D.

Many dairy food products have federal standards and grades that are based on composition, manufacturing, and quality requirements. More
Keeping Your "Tummy" Healthy and Happy!
Keeping Your "Tummy" Healthy and Happy! - Articles Articles

Keeping Your "Tummy" Healthy and Happy!

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Prebiotics and Probiotics are functional components of foods that help keep our digestive system running smoothly! More
Western Encephalitis Mosquito (Culex tarsalis)
West Nile Encephalitis in Horses - Articles Articles

West Nile Encephalitis in Horses

Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Sharon I Gripp, Pat M. Comerford, David Griswold

Read about the transmission of West Nile virus to horses, signs, treatments, vaccine information, and prevention and control. More
Look for higher fiber foods to lead you and your colon's good bacteria
Prebiotics: How to Feed Your Good Bacteria - Articles Articles

Prebiotics: How to Feed Your Good Bacteria

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Want to include more prebiotics in your diet? Here are a list of best food sources and a recipe for incorporating these beneficial foods in your diet. More
Stay Hydrated All Year Long!
Stay Hydrated All Year Long! - Articles Articles

Stay Hydrated All Year Long!

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Remember to stay well hydrated as you enjoy outdoor activities all year long. More
Cooked Fruit Adds Variety to Menus
Cooked Fruit Adds Variety to Menus - Articles Articles

Cooked Fruit Adds Variety to Menus

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Poached pears, roasted cherries, peach compote just the thought makes your taste buds tingle! Cooked fruit is a great way to add variety to your diet. More
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