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Animal Science

How do Horses Get Hurt During Transport? – The Horse
Do you worry about your horse getting injured in the trailer? If so, you’re probably not alone. But how often do these types of injuries occur? A group of Australian and New Zealand researchers recently evaluated injuries during private transport. [ More … ]

Salmonella outbreak could be at fault for collapse of Aztec society



After analyzing the DNA of bacteria found inside buried ancient Aztecs, some scientists now believe an outbreak of Salmonella could actually be to blame for the death of 80% of their population, and in turn, the collapse of their society 500 years ago.

This is potentially the first genetic evidence of the pathogen that caused the massive decline in native populations after European colonization, Hannes Schroeder, an ancient-DNA researcher said in a recent article. “It’s a super-cool study.” [ More … ]

Neogen is gearing up for Natural Products Expo West!

nat_prod_expo2016This year at Natural Products Expo West, Neogen is sponsoring a track of four presentations in the safety and compliance section. Within that track, Neogen’s own Jim Topper will present “Allergen Control: The Business Case & Best Practices to Support Your Company,” alongside Jenna Blumenfeld, the Senior Food Editor at new Hope Network.

The presentation will cover the following:

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Neogen launches high sensitivity Veratox® HS for Total Aflatoxin featuring aqueous extraction

Neogen has developed a highly sensitive version of its quantitative microwell test for total aflatoxin that uses a water-based solution for extraction. The new test complements Neogen’s existing aflatoxin test, and will help grain producers and processors meet the requirements for lower levels of aflatoxin in certain global markets.

Neogen’s new Veratox® HS (High Sensitivity) for Total Aflatoxin can deliver precise results ranging from 1 to 10 parts per billion (ppb) of aflatoxin. The test detects the four principle types of aflatoxin, [ More … ]

Contaminated powdered milk creates a chain of food recalls

allergens_crimesceneplate_blogFrom macaroni and cheese, to waffle mix, to potato chips and more, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a series of related product recalls a few months ago due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Although seemingly unrelated, the products mentioned above, along with more than two dozen others, all contained powdered milk as an ingredient, which was sourced from a single facility where Salmonella contamination was found by FDA investigators. [ More … ]

Whole genome sequencing provides insight on the future of food safety



Food production industries continue to make improvements in pathogen reduction and improving public health. One of the ways in which this is accomplished is through improvements in food safety diagnostics.

Next generation sequencing and genomics provides processors with previously unavailable information on strains, sources, and identity of particular pathogens or spoilage issues. Next generation sequencing and whole genome sequencing (WGS) are also key parts of the Healthy People 2020 goals, and the goals of various food agencies. [ More … ]

Monday links

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Animal Science

How to effectively control lameness in dairy cattle – Dairy Global
Awareness of the impact of lameness on dairy cow welfare and economics has grown massively in the last 30 years. Our understanding of the causes and risk factors have also improved. [ More … ]

Foodborne illness outbreaks grow as imported food increases

FoodVariety_BlogAs the proportion of U.S. food imported from other countries increases, a recent analysis found the number of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with imported foods has also increased.

The study, “Outbreaks of Disease Associated with Food Imported into the United States, 1996-2014,” found that 19% of food consumed by Americans is now imported, including 97% of fish and shellfish, 50% of fresh fruits, and 20% of fresh vegetables. In total, where imported food was implicated, there were 195 outbreak investigations in the U.S. during the study period with 10,685 illnesses — including 1,017 hospitalizations and 19 deaths. [ More … ]

NYC deals with latest bacterial infection linked to rats

Rat-in-Garbage_blogTo many, rats are an occasional nuisance that we hope we don’t have to deal with often. For others, however, they are a constant occurrence responsible for doing serious damage and wreaking havoc on large neighborhoods, transportation systems and entire cities.

Along with being unpleasant to look at, rats are also known to carry various diseases and be a real threat to humans and other animals who come in contact with them. This was demonstrated recently in the Bronx Area of New York City, where a rare bacterial infection, spread by contact with rat urine, has killed one person and sickened two others. [ More … ]

Undeclared allergens top 2016 food recall list

assorted allergy food

The numbers are in and the total amount of food recalls in 2016 in the U.S. and Canada was 764 — a 22% increase compared to the previous year. Undeclared allergens once again topped the food recall list, attributing to more food recalls than any other form of contamination.

Based on notices issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, of the 764 total food recalls, undeclared allergens were responsible for 305 of them, with the largest offenders being milk, eggs, peanuts and wheat. [ More … ]