WSU researchers sequence pear, apple, cherry genomes

Want to dig a little deeper into your favorite fruits’ genetics?

Well, if you’re a fan of certain pears, apples, cherries and almonds (I know, I know, not a fruit), you’re in luck. Researchers at Washington State University have sequenced the genomes of four members of the Rosaceae family – the double haploid Comice pears, […]

EU report: Food, feed safety alerts drop

Last year, notifications as part of Europe’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) dropped almost 4 percent from the previous year.

In 2012, there were 8,797 RASFF notifications – a 3.9 percent decrease from 2011. Of those notifications, 40 percent (or 3,516) were original notifications and 60 percent (or 5,281) were follow-ups. This […]

Neogen on the small screen

TV shows, webcasts – Neogen representatives have been busy!

Check out some of their latest appearances.

Igenity on The American Rancher (RFD-TV)

Neogen’s Igenity beef genomics subsidiary was featured on a recent episode of The American Rancher, which is set to re-air at noon on Sunday. (Check out some info on Igenity and an interview […]

Tox Tuesdays: Zopiclone

People have been using sleep aids for hundreds of years. However, as with most things, moderation is vital.

In recent years, zopiclone has become one of the most preferred ways to treat short-term sleep disorders. When used properly, the levels of zopiclone that remain in the bloodstream typically are minimal after eight hours […]

Canada names potential items on COOL tariff list

Pushing back after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final country of origin labeling (COOL) rules last month, Canada has released a list of U.S. commodities up for potential retaliatory tariffs.

The U.S. and Canada have been sparring over the rule, which also have been the subject of a World Trade Organization (WTO) […]

Neogen announces Bohannon retirement, successor named

Stephen Snyder

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that Lon Bohannon, the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, has announced his intent to retire effective August 31, 2013. Bohannon has been employed by Neogen for 27 years and has served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2000.

“Lon has been a great asset […]

A very dairy Monday links

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.

National Dairy Month

Moo-ve along May – June is National Dairy Month – Neogen Blog

Check out some cool dairy facts and our infographic.

Cheese may prevent cavities – Science Daily


Report: Synthetic drugs a rising problem in Europe

Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids are on the rise in Europe. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

While the popularity of some established drugs seem to be on the decline across Europe, new drugs considered “legal highs” are cause for increased concern, according to a recently released report.

The European Drug Report […]

FSIS proposes mechanically-tenderized beef rules

New rules may be on the way for mechanically-tenderized beef products.

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) proposed new requirements for labeling beef that has been mechanically tenderized as well as adding additional cooking instructions to help consumers cook it safely.

Mechanical tenderization is a process some meat cuts […]

FSA reviews horse meat response

The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency (FSA) hopes to learn from the horse meat scandal that hit the nation earlier this year, according to a statement.

In January, officials found horse and swine DNA in beef products in the U.K. during routine monitoring. Of the 27 beef burgers tested, 10 contained horse DNA and […]