H7N9 avian flu numbers increase, markets affected

As the numbers of those infected with a new strain of avian flu rise, nations are taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

As of yesterday, 126 cases of H7N9 avian flu had been confirmed, with 24 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The majority of those have occurred in […]

Start your day off right with the Monday links

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Food safety

FDA, FSIS to hold public meeting on risk assessment of Listeria monocytogenes in retail delis – Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

The public meeting is planned […]

Wet weather delays planting

With heavy rains and flooding hitting much of the Midwest, this year is shaping up to be the opposite of last year for some areas of the U.S.

Last year’s drought was the worst in years, devastating crops and forcing livestock producers to cull their herds as pastures dried up and feed prices skyrocketed. Its […]

Safety tips: Food, water and flooding

With severe flooding across much of the Midwest, ensuring safety and public health is of the utmost importance.

This includes making sure food is safe before being consumed, along with water. Bacteria levels can spike after a flooding event, as public health officials in Grand Rapids, Mich. have noted. They expect to find elevated levels […]

FDA extends FSMA rule comment periods

Those wishing to weigh-in on two proposed rules stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) now have more time to do so.

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended the comment periods 120 days to September 16. The comment periods originally were slated to close in mid-May. Agency officials first indicated they […]

Tuesday news day: Equine botulism blog launches, Ask the Vet event planned

The more you know, the better prepared you can be.

It’s that thought that led to the creation of Neogen’s newest site, the Equine Botulism Blog.

Our goal is to provide owners, veterinarians, horse lovers, industry officials and the public with all of the information available on this deadly disease so the best choices can […]

Another Monday links closer to summer

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Animal safety

Ask the Vet live event on botulism and horses – The Horse.com

It’s almost here! Join Neogen’s Dr. Jim Little and University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Dr. Amy […]

CDC: Campylobacter, Vibrio rise, other pathogens static

Although incidents of Campylobacter and Vibrio rose in 2012, infection rates for other pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella remained about the same.

In fact, Campylobacter rates in 2012 were the highest they’ve been since 2000 and are up 14 percent in 2012 from 2006-2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease […]

FDA could extend produce rule comment period

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to extend the comment period deadline on one of the rules stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Food Safety News reports FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the extension could be for another 120 days. The end of the first 120 day comment period […]

Ciguatera outbreak confirmed in Germany

Officials in Germany have confirmed an outbreak of ciguatoxin poisoning associated with fish.

Scientists believe there is a correlation between increases in ciguatoxin poisoning (also called ciguatera) outbreaks and more exotic fish being consumed globally, states the German Federal Insitute for Risk Assessment (BfR). The outbreak occurred near the end of last year and consisted […]