Avocado seeds and the fight against Listeria

avacado_blogIf there’s one thing we know about consumer preferences it’s that we want it all — food that tastes good while still being good for us, available at a low or reasonable cost, and of course easy to find, prepare and/or eat. For many, a major part of food that is deemed healthy are options formulated without synthetic additives — a demand the food industry has seen increase over the past several years.

However, there can be big drawbacks when it comes to producing foods without synthetic additives, as they can be responsible for keeping our food safe to eat. [ More … ]

Did you hear that? That was the sound of corn growing

CornSeedling_blogThere’s an old farmer’s tale that says, “On a quiet night you can hear the corn grow.” While this may seem silly, scientists were recently able to prove it true through the use of contact microphones that directly record the sounds of corn growing.

By listening to these sounds, the scientists believe corn grows in a similar way to how it breaks, and from understand these mechanisms, they may be able to improve corn — and potentially other plants too. [ More … ]

Neogen acquires U.K.-based Quat-Chem

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has acquired United Kingdom-based Quat-Chem Ltd.— a chemical company specializing in the development, manufacture and sale of agricultural, industrial, and food processing biocidal hygiene products, including cleaners and disinfectants.

Quat-Chem Ltd. is a 20-year-old private company with a history of consistent growth that manufactures a full line of complete disinfectant and cleaner products for dairy hygiene and poultry and swine biosecurity applications. The company sells its products on a global basis, with a focus on the United Kingdom, European Union, Middle East [ More … ]

Addressing yeast and mold contamination in an environmental monitoring program

Scientist speaking to his colleague holding clipboard in the facIn food manufacturing plants, monitoring the production environment is a focal point of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To do this successfully, plants should develop an environmental monitoring program, which includes the implementation of clear, preventative actions that should be taken to eliminate non-compliant levels from occurring. In the case that a test area is found to be out of compliance, employees should document the actions taken to address the situation on a Corrective Action Report (CAR). [ More … ]

Cage-free sounds good, but what does it really mean for chickens?

BrownChicken_inGrass_blogA groundbreaking ballot measure was recently passed by Massachusetts voters and will mandate that all pork, veal, and eggs farmed and sold in Massachusetts come from pigs, calves, and laying hens not confined to ultra-tight quarters.

While voters in other states have banned certain farming practices through referenda, no ballot measure has ever outlawed the sale of products from animals raised in a particular way — something that has the potential to affect farms around the country, and grocery stores within the state. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report — November 28, 2016

Welcome to a special post-Thanksgiving edition of the Neogen Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report. This report shares data and statistics from the agriculture industry and can viewed by clicking on the video below.

Monday links

Turkey Dinner PlateDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

Five Things to Know About Leftovers, According to a Food Safety Expert – The Kitchen
Whether you cooked the big family meal or attended it, there’s one thing that everyone looks forward to after Thanksgiving: the delicious leftovers. [ More … ]

Infographic: food safety tips your guests will be thankful for

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New discovery points toward potential agricultural breakthrough

Produce3Arguments concerning genetic engineering of the world’s food supply are nothing new. Many members of the scientific community argue GMO foods are just as safe to consume as their naturally grown counterparts, while others fear that tampering with our crops could lessen the integrity of our meals.

But, what if genetic engineering could increase food production by 40 to 50% and offer enormous benefits for the world’s poorest people, many of them farmers working small plots of land in the developing world? [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report — November 21, 2016

Based on new data submitted, Neogen is bringing you a bonus edition of the Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report for November 21, 2016. This report shares data and statistics from the agriculture industry and can viewed by clicking on the video below.