Pets eyed as carriers of antibiotic resistant bacteria

PetCatWe have all heard about the increasing danger of antibiotic resistance in humans and farm animals, but now a new study by researchers in China is showing that our companion animals, such as cats and dogs, can also serve as a reservoir for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Because we spend so much time together (and sometimes even share our beds) with our pets, the transfer of this extremely dangerous bacteria can occur.

In this specific study, researchers found that a pet shop worker, along with four dogs and two cats in the shop where he worked, were infected with a strain of Escherichia coli (E. coli) [ More … ]

Scientists work to reveal the secret lives of urban rats

Brown_Rat_Outdoors_blogUrban areas suffering from seemingly ever-increasing rat populations is nothing new. However, because rats are small, vigilant and live mainly underground, even behavioral ecologists know very little about how they move through cities and interact with their environments.

That’s a problem, one article explains, because rats foul our foods, spread disease and damage infrastructure. As more people around the world move to densely packed cities, they become increasingly vulnerable to rat behaviors and diseases. That makes it critically important to understand more about rats and the pathogens they carry. [ More … ]

Discovery helps pesticides “stick” more; reduce runoff

Plant and roots_blogA new study completed by researchers at MIT have found a new way to make pesticides “more sticky” helping them latch onto crops more effectually and potentially limiting the amount that are wasted by bouncing off plants and contributing to runoff that flows to streams and rivers.

A recent article explains that many plant leaves are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water on their leaves and absorb water mostly through their roots. [ More … ]

First of FSMA rules now in effect

FoodVariety_BlogAfter much anticipation, the first major compliance date for regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is here. Now, larger businesses must comply with certain new standards under the preventive controls rules for human and animal food, two of the main rules developed to drive down the incidence of foodborne illnesses in the U.S.

Overall, FSMA has been touted as the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years since it was signed into law by President Obama in 2011. [ More … ]

The role of pathogen testing in an environmental monitoring program

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The main underlying aspect of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is changing the focus of food safety from a reactionary stance to one that is preventive. A key component of preventive controls is monitoring and cleaning the environment in which food is produced and processed.

Neogen’s extensive line of industry leading diagnostics assist various facilities with environmental monitoring and enable FSMA compliance — quickly, easily, and in the most cost-effective manner. [ More … ]

Monday links

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Top 10 food safety myths discussed during National Food Safety Month – High Plains Journal
September is National Food Safety Month. About one in six Americans will get a foodborne illness this year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. To help keep you and your loved ones from becoming part of that statistic, click the link to learn of some common food safety myths. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report — September 19, 2016

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report for September 19, 2016 is now available. Each week, we are happy to present a new report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. This week’s video also features a special report on Diplodia Ear Rot in corn. To watch, click on the video below.

Neogen’s AccuPoint® Advanced receives AOAC approval

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has received approval from the AOAC Research Institute for its rapid and accurate AccuPoint® Advanced ATP Sanitation Monitoring System.

Neogen’s AccuPoint Advanced is the first sanitation monitoring system to receive an AOAC approval, and this approval follows a recent study by NSF International that showed AccuPoint Advanced exceeded the performance of competitive systems. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) sanitation monitoring systems are used extensively in the food industry to instantly assess the effectiveness of sanitation programs. [ More … ]

Hereditary disorders in dogs more common than initially thought

Dog_Sitting_blogConsidered to be the most comprehensive study on canine hereditary disorders, researchers recently tested nearly 7,000 dogs from about 230 different breeds and found that a lot of canine hereditary disorders are more widespread than originally believed.

According to a report from the University of Helsinki, the team tested the dogs for predisposition to almost 100 different genetic disorders and discovered that one out of six dogs had at least one of the tested disease predisposing genetic variants in their genome. [ More … ]

National Food Safety Education Month: Norovirus infographic

For more than 20 years, September has been recognized as National Food Safety Education Month. The theme for 2016 is Norovirus, which is highlighted in the below infographic. For more information on National Food Safety Education Month and Norovirus, click here.

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