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In Profile: Brashears says cooking up MicroZap was a nine years in the making

In Profile: Brashears says cooking up MicroZap was a nine years in the making

While the results of a new food-purifying technology designed by a Texas Tech research team may be instant, the instant success being seen by its spin-off company – MicroZap – has actually been in the works for years. Key to MicroZap’s ground-breaking process is use of microwave technology to purify food and water.  more »

 

Beef industry sharply reduces E. coli; More progress needed with salmonella

Beef industry sharply reduces E. coli; More progress needed with salmonella

Food safety experts report that the nation’s beef industry has done a remarkable job of dealing with carcass contamination involving E. coli. Incidences of E. coli O157 positives in ground beef sampling have dropped by more than 90 percent in the last decade, but the same decline hasn’t been seen in the incidence of Salmonella in ground beef.  more »

 

Food safety focus; AFS’s Loneragan named to national USDA committee

Food safety focus; AFS’s Loneragan named to national USDA committee

A professor of food safety and public health with Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences has been appointed to a national committee that will provide recommendations on microbial criteria of food. The selection of Guy Loneragan to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods was announced today (Mar. 1) by USDA officials.  more »

 

Associated Press Report: Texas Tech Microwave Keeps Bread Mold at Bay

Associated Press Report: Texas Tech Microwave Keeps Bread Mold at Bay

Attention, bread shoppers: A Texas Tech-based company could have the answer to some consumers’ unwelcome discovery that just-purchased loaves contain mold, reports the Associated Press today (Jan. 8). MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days.  more »

 

In Profile: Guy Loneragan’s Long Pursuit of Global Food Safety Improvement

In Profile: Guy Loneragan’s Long Pursuit of Global Food Safety Improvement

Veterinary medicine has long been the focus of Guy Loneragan’s life. From the time he was old enough to stand on a stool; Loneragan helped his veterinarian father work with cattle. There, he learned valuable skills and gained insight into the practice of veterinary medicine. But it took time and traveling thousands of miles before he finally found his passion.  more »

 

BBC News: Tech-Based MicroZap Raises Chance of 60-Day Mold-Free Bread

BBC News: Tech-Based MicroZap Raises Chance of 60-Day Mold-Free Bread

BBC News reports today (Nov. 30) that a Texas Tech University-based company has developed a technique that it says can make bread stay mold-free for 60 days. The bread is zapped in a sophisticated microwave array which kills the spores that cause the problem. The company claims it could significantly reduce the amount of wasted bread.  more »

 

CNN Report: AFS food safety expert comments on Oregon glove requirement

CNN Report: AFS food safety expert comments on Oregon glove requirement

Last year, when Oregon Health Authority officials announced they would adopt the 2009 FDA Retail Food Code, restaurateurs suddenly faced a piece of legislation that would prohibit foodservice workers to touch prepared food with their bare hands. The gloves came off.  more »