Infographic: What you need to know about shellfish toxins

October is National Seafood Month and a great time to learn more about the dangers of shellfish toxins. Various recalls and shellfish closures have recently occurred reiterating the importance of testing for these toxins. Neogen markets and develops the greatest variety of simple, on-site, rapid, easy-to-use seafood and shellfish tests, which allow companies to test for these harmful toxins and residues throughout the supply chain. Check out our shellfish poisoning infographic to learn more.

National Seafood Month-3 types of shellfish poisoning

National Animal Safety and Protection Month: Tips to keep you and your animals safe

Cat-Dog1While many people are gearing up for Halloween this time of year, October is also known as National Animal Safety and Protection Month and is a time when veterinarians and others who work with or around animals take time to raise awareness about animal safety.

On the companion animal side, for example, one expert suggests preparing a well-stocked first-aid kit for dogs, cats and other household pets. Having a pet first-aid kit in your house, he says, can help you spring into action quickly if your pet becomes injured or sick. Some items to include are: [ More … ]

Genomics uncorks climate-tolerant wine grape varieties

Grapes on the VineJust in time for wine Wednesday, scientists have discovered a new sequencing process that will help breed grapes that can tolerate climate change.

Using this sequencing process, along with a new computer algorithm that can yield detailed information about complex genomes of various organisms, scientists were able to assemble the genome of the cabernet sauvignon grape variety, which may help solve mysteries of its ancestry, and best of all, lead to better tasting and more affordable wine. [ More … ]

Researchers turn to jellyfish to fight food fraud

Credit: University of Southampton

Photo credit: University of Southampton

Fighting food fraud just became a little easier thanks to help of jellyfish and a team of researchers from the University of Southampton. The researchers are using a new tracking technique that is based on the chemical record animals who feed at sea inherit throughout their lives.

According to the research, animals who feed at sea develop a chemical record based on their feeding location and the chemicals present in the waterways of that specific area. Knowing this information, the team of researchers captured various jellyfish across the North Sea and built maps based on the chemical variation that they discovered from studying the jellyfish. [ More … ]

Monday links

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

Animal Science

Heat Can Quickly Inactivate Bird Flu Virus – The Poultry Site
The avian influenza virus can be relatively quickly inactivated by heat, shows emergency research funded after the devastating bird flu outbreaks across the U.S. in 2015. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report — October 17, 2016

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report for October 17, 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 Neogen’s Tony Lupo with a new tech tip. To watch, click on the video below.

China issues new food safety rules for food sold online

In an effort to put a stop to food safety scandals and increase the safety of its food supply, China has released a strict set of regulations governing how food producers and operators — including related third-party computer platforms and delivery service providers — store, market and transport their products sold online.

Known as “Order 27,” the China Food and Drug Administration’s “Measures of the Investigation and Punishment of Illegal Conducts Concerning Online Food Safety” was released earlier this month and is designed to improve the safety of online food trading by enhancing transparency and accountability. [ More … ]

Scientists create world’s first pig gut gene catalog

Cute pigScientists are hoping that new findings about the bacterial genes living inside pigs will help provide insight into many human diseases and also be an important tool in the quest towards more sustainable knowledge-based pig farming.

A recent article discusses an international consortium of researchers from France, Denmark, China and Norway who have successfully established the first catalog of bacterial genes in the gut of pigs, finding more than 7 million different bacterial genes from different kinds of pigs around the world. [ More … ]

Ever had food poisoning? You could be more susceptible to Crohn’s disease

Businessman with stomach acheThose who have experienced moderate food poisoning know that while its symptoms can be intense, they typically dissipate after a few days. However, new research is showing that people who retain a particular bacterium in their gut after a bout of food poisoning, may be at an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease later in life.

Using a mouse model of Crohn’s disease, the researchers from McMaster University discovered that acute infectious gastroenteritis caused by common food-poisoning bacteria accelerates the growth of adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) — a bacterium that has been linked to the development of Crohn’s. [ More … ]

Tox Tuesday: NPS in prisons reach epidemic proportions

Spice_BehindBars1Referred to as a “game-changer” inside jails and prison systems today, designer drugs, including various types of synthetic marijuana, such as spice and K2, are now showing up at alarming rates inside jails and prisons both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Also known as new psychoactive substances, or NPS, these drugs are leading to an upsurge of violence and self-harm behind bars and has led some facilities to institute drug testing programs for their prisoners.  [ More … ]