Manage mycotoxin risks with this six-step plan

myco_corn_blogThe negative impact of mycotoxins in feed on animal performance has been the topic of several meta-analysis studies and according to a recent article, has been correlated to have an economic cost of approximately $900 million per year in the U.S. alone.

This figure shows the importance of preparing a plan for mycotoxin risk management, which should involve the following six steps, and can minimize the impact of mycotoxins to your operation. [ More … ]

FSMA: Top 5 things we’ve learned so far

Apple_wMagnifyingGlass_LowRes_FSMA2With the first year of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the books and another round of compliance dates just around the corner, a list has been complied of the top five recurring themes and lessons learned in the food safety industry. Keeping the below points in mind can help you continue to navigate FSMA and understand how it has impacted the industry thus far.  [ More … ]

Study links warming oceans to rise in dangerous shellfish toxin

crablegs_blogA recent study has discovered a new link between warming ocean conditions and a dangerous neurotoxin, known as domoic acid, which can accumulate in species like Dungeness crab, clams, mussels and anchovy. This spells trouble for fisherman, whose livelihood may be on the line, as well as seafood lovers who could soon see a long-term threat to their seafood dinner options.

Domoic acid is a toxin produced by Pseudo-nitzschia, a micro algae that can be harmful to both humans and wildlife, including sea lions and birds. In mild cases, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps and in severe cases it leads to trouble breathing, memory loss, coma or death. [ More … ]

Monday links

ProcessInspection_USDA_blogDon’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

Why Paying Attention to your Environmental Control Program is so Important – The Acheson Group
This is not just about meeting regulations. Rather, one need only review such major recalls of 2016 as those of frozen vegetables, sunflower seeds, ice cream and hummus – all of which resulted from environmental contamination – to realize it’s just as much a matter of brand protection. [ More … ]

Neogen brings innovative seminars; products to IPPE 2017

ippe-2017This year’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is gearing up to be a great event! Each year the show continues to grow and brings new value and innovation to the poultry, meat and feed industries.

Neogen supports this innovation through our new products and a free Raised Without Antibiotics seminar, which will be held on Tuesday, January 31, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm — prior to the start of IPPE. [ More … ]

A Vet’s View: Protecting against equine herpesvirus 1

VetsView_LymanGraphicThe horse industry has once again been confronted with a high profile quarantine caused by neuropathogenic equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1). This frightening and frequently deadly disease is caused by a virus that normally causes respiratory disease or abortion. A mutation of the disease, however, can cause neurologic disease in horses that results in weakness, incoordination, inability to stand, high fever and sometimes death.

Premises with infected horses are quarantined by state officials, which can restrict the shipping any horses out of the facility for extended periods of time. [ More … ]

Genomic back-breeding returns extinct “supercow” to Europe

DNA_Strands_Green_blogDescribed as “mighty beasts that stood almost as tall as elephants, with lean, powerful frames and fearsome horns,” the earliest form of cows did not look much like the cows of today. Known as aurochs, these animals were the largest land mammals in Europe, until the rise of human civilization decimated their numbers. Records shows the last of the species died in Poland in 1627 — one of the first recorded cases of extinction.

But now, thanks to ecologist Ronald Goderie, a “near 100% substitute” of the beast is returning to the forests. This is being made possible by the Tauros program, a project launched in 2008 to address failing ecosystems. [ More … ]

Dr. Rich Tait joins Neogen GeneSeek product development team

Dr. Rich (J. R.) Tait, Jr., has joined the product development team at Neogen GeneSeek Operations, where he will work on new and enhanced genomic testing services.

Dr. Tait joins Neogen after 10 years of post-doctoral scientific research in animal genetics, most recently as statistician and research geneticist in genetics, breeding, and animal-health research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. Prior to his work with the USDA, Tait was an extension program coordinator and associate scientist for animal breeding and genetics at Iowa State University. Tait has written and presented extensively on a variety of animal genetics topics. [ More … ]

Consumers: Come ‘clean’ with food labels

From soups to cereals and everything in-between, some well-known companies have committed to removing artificial ingredients from their products in an effort to fulfill a growing consumer desire for “clean labels.”

According to market research, global sales of clean label food and beverage products are forecasted to reach $180 billion by 2020 — up from $165 billion in 2015. In fact, in one survey of 1,300 consumers across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, more than half the respondents said they would spend 10% more on a food or beverage that contained ingredients they recognized and trusted; 18% said they would pay 75% or more extra. [ More … ]

Storage of Midwest corn causing mycotoxin concerns

feedcorn_blog2016 brought a bumper corn harvest thanks to favorable weather conditions throughout the U.S. that resulted in a record amount of corn available for export. However, with the good also comes the bad. Because such a large amount of corn was produced, a large amount also had to be stored — typically in outside piles — that are vulnerable to weather extremes, especially heavy snow and rain.

Now, due to the wet weather conditions most of the Midwest is experiencing, reports are surfacing of wet corn stored in piles turning sour, and in some cases, sprouting. [ More … ]