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Slide Show: 5 Ways Science Is Trying to Keep Your Food Safe

In the wake of the deadly salmonella outbreak, a look at technologies being developed in the lab to protect us against future eruptions

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5. More Resistant Chickens, Fewer Outbreaks

Rather than rooting out salmonella from chickens entering the food supply, Susan Lamont of Iowa State University is trying to figure out how to make chickens themselves more resistant to the pathogen.....[ More ]

4. Finding Cracked Eggs

Cracks in eggs aren't simply an inconvenience for shoppers, they're also a open door for pathogens to enter. Human inspectors do a decent job at crack detection, catching about 86 percent, according to the U.S.....[ More ]

3. Blogging... And Spying on You

Inspired in part by the recent move of Butterball's call-in Turkey Talk-Line to the Web and health blogs like WebMD, Kansas State University food scientist Doug Powell decided new media was the way to keep people informed about how to keep up on food safety.....[ More ]

2. Microfluid Chip for Pathogen-Tester

One of the biggest food safety challenges of the modern economy, Cornell University's Carl Batt says, is that our food gets shipped around so much. For the past decade, his lab has been working to downsize pathogen-detecting technology into something just as mobile as our food supply.....[ More ]

1. Dr. Keener's Ionizing Ozone Machine

Scientists fingered spinach as the villain in the September to October 2006 outbreak of Escherichia coli, which sickened 205 and killed three. Now Purdue University's Kevin Keener might have a way to rid microbial infections from the leafy green: plasma.....[ More ]

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