Neogen blog: A look back at 2012

Ah, nostalgia. It’s been a busy year here at the Neogen blog. We’ve covered quite a range of stuff, from food safety reforms to happy elephants in Thailand (scroll down for details – hint, hint) to decoding DNA.

So kick back, relax and take a stroll down the Neogen blog’s memory lane.

Food […]

Tell a tale of a trashed calf puller for cash

The Van Slyke brothers were the winners of last year’s Trash My Puller contest.

It’s that time of year again: winter is approaching, the harvest has ended and old calf pullers are meeting their end.

For a cash prize, of course. Neogen’s Trash My Puller program is back for a third year. Send […]

Happiness is … a lot of fruits and veggies

New Year’s Eve is on its way and it may be time to put some hard thinkin’ on your 2013 resolutions.

If you’re one of the large group planning to revise your eating habits during 2013, some new research might just give provide a bit of inspiration.

Economists from Dartmouth University and England have found […]

Need to catch up on the news? The midweek links has your back

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

 

Agriculture

USDA sets rules for tracking livestock across state lines – Chicago Tribune

The new rules stems from a couple cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease) […]

Happy holidays!

Food safety for holiday festivities

It’s often said, “Tis better to give than to receive.”

But, in the case of foodborne illness, it’s better to do neither. In celebration of the holidays, check out these food safety tips to keep your holiday celebration memorable for Uncle Phil’s crazy Christmas sweater rather than a bout of salmonellosis.

Get squeaky clean

Wash […]

Keep your holidays merry and bright with these animal safety tips

It’s a busy time of year. People are coming and going, houses are dripping with sparkly decorations and cookies are everywhere. But, in order for the holiday season to go smoothly for everyone it’s important to be mindful of pets so holiday celebrations don’t end at the vet’s office (unless you’re bringing the vet a […]

Boozy eggnog may knockdown Salmonella

Some bacteria just can’t hold their liquor.

Researchers at the Rockefeller University Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenosis and Immunology have found that their traditional homemade eggnog isn’t a friendly home to the illness-causing bacteria, Good Morning America reports.

For the past six decades, the lab has been making eggnog – a mix of raw egg, cream, […]

FSIS issues new guidelines for marking sample sources during STEC testing

E. coli

Inspectors will soon see a change in the way they note the source of samples taken during routine Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) testing.

The new measures apply to samples taken during STEC verification testing that then are added to the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Sources will be marked as either […]

‘Tis the season for…rotational baiting

The problem

As the weather gets colder, rats and mice seek the warmth, shelter and food supply offered up by the indoors. More than just a nuisance, these rodents can have serious adverse economic and health effects when they gain access to livestock facilities, grain storage or production facilities, and a host of other areas. […]