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  • On May 2, 2024, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule, The Pre-Harvest Agricultural Water Final Rule, which fulfills Subpart E of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The new approach emphasizes system-based assessments to identify hazards and make decisions based on risk management. The rule will…

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  • Callaloo served on a plate

    Have you ever eaten callaloo, naseberry, or ackee? If you’ve been to Jamaica, you may have stumbled upon these commodities, but until last week they were foreign to me. Almost every time I travel somewhere new, I realize there’s a world of food I’m missing out on, and Jamaica was no different.             In September,…

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  • Group is sharing their results during breakout activities

    Have you been told you need a PCQI, but you aren’t sure what that means? The acronym stands for “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual”, and food manufacturers covered by the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule are required to employ or contract with at least one such individual. A PCQI is responsible for developing a processor’s…

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  • Stacked jars of various food items.

    National Center for Home Food Preservation faculty and staff, under the direction of Dr. Carla Schwan, hosted a Science and Practice of Home Food Preservation Training for UGA FACS Extension agents from around the state earlier this month. Participants spent three and a half days learning about food safety practices related to home food preservation,…

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  • We’re excited to welcome you to the University of Georgia Extension Food Science and Technology blog, The Food Dawgs’ Digest! Be sure to subscribe to our quarterly newsletter to learn more about upcoming workshops, food safety, product innovation, and our Extension Coordinators’ latest research.

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  • Food Allergen Awareness photo with pictures depicting 9 major allergens

    May is Food Allergy Awareness month! To wrap up the month, we have a blog post on a common cause of food recalls: undeclared allergens on food labels. When people think of food recalls, most think of recalls due to foodborne illness. Famous recalls like the Peanut Corporation of America recall, Jensen Farms cantaloupe recall,…

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  • Authors: Matthew Livingston, Amrit Pal, Kaitlyn Casulli Introduction Insects are a significant part of traditional diets for at least 2 billion people, with over 1,900 species reported to be consumed as food (van Huis et al., 2013). Cicadas are one such insect. Indigenous peoples from the United States and Canada were known to eat cicadas…

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  • Whether measuring the pH of a new food product for classification or as part of a routine test for quality or safety, it is important to understand the principles behind pH measurement and ensure testing is performed properly. What is pH “pH” is an acronym derived from the Latin term potentia hydrogenii, meaning the “power…

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  • Blueberry Cider Beverage

    With 2024 Flavor of Georgia registration closing on February 13th, we wanted to highlight a previous winner of the “Beverages” category. Flavor of Georgia is a food product contest for Georgia-made products annually held in Athens, GA. Food products are evaluated based on the technical aspects of the food as well as potential market volume,…

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  • Upcoming Workshops with images of poultry and produce

    Packinghouse HACCP This International HACCP Alliance accredited course will discuss produce safety, Good Manufacturing Practices, and how to develop food safety programs based on the core principles of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). The course will be offered February 29th-March 1st, 2024 at the Tift County Extension Office. Bridging the GAPs Fruit and vegetable…

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  • Flavor of Georgia: Food Product Contest logo

    Join us on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga., for the 2024 Flavor of Georgia Contest. Contestant registration for the 2024 Flavor of Georgia has opened. Hopeful contestants may now register their products to compete in 2024.

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  • Photo of decoy owl

    “More poop, more problems” Birds can carry diseases and pathogens that have the potential to make people sick. Keeping birds away from fields and packinghouses can be tough, but our team at Extension Food Science and Technology may have a few solutions for your operation! In this video Dr. Laurel Dunn (University of Georgia), Billy…

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  • Gallons of milk in a row

    Rock House Creamery has issued a voluntary recall of their whole milk and buttermilk products. Products have been removed from stores. Consumers are urged to dispose of any of the following products: Rock House Creamery voluntarily recalled these products following a routine inspection. The inspection found that pasteurization records were incomplete for select lots in…

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