Getting ready to grill? Think food safety

Ahh the long weekend. It’s a time to kick back, relax and have one last big cookout before the end of summer. Keep these food safety tips from FoodSafety.gov and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in mind to make sure your barbecue is food safe.

Storage

Keep raw meat separate from ready-to-eat items (e.g., fruits […]

Mycotoxins in focus: Deoxynivalenol

As summer moves toward fall, several states in the U.S. are reporting confirmed cases of a mycotoxin that affect grain commodities such as wheat.

The majority of the deoxynivalenol (DON, or vomitoxin) reports are centered in the Eastern U.S. and Midwest, according to Neogen’s latest mycotoxin report. Reports are the highest in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa […]

Recessive trait that causes extra limbs in Angus cattle identified, Neogen launches test

Cattlemen are hoping to weed out a newly discovered genetic defect in Angus cattle.

Developmental duplication, or DD, is a recessive defect that causes the calves to develop extra limbs (most commonly, extra front legs), a condition called polymelia. Calves affected by DD often die in utero. However, animals born with extra limbs can […]

FSIS proposes changes to Salmonella verification for raw beef

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Changes may be on the way for Salmonella testing in raw beef products.

In a Federal Register notice published today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a proposed plan to discontinue its current program for Salmonella verification procedures and to replace it with new protocols that […]

Study: Pigs domesticated in Northern Germany around 4600 B.C.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they aren’t the only animal that has a long domestic history with humans.

New research published in Nature Communications shows that domesticated pigs were alive and well in Germany about 500 years earlier than previously believed, around 4600 B.C. The findings come from new fossil and DNA evidence […]

A Monday links closer to autumn

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RFID sanitation monitoring meets demands of digitized world – Food Quality and Safety

It’s all about technology.

Stone Age chefs spiced up food even 6,000 years ago – […]

Canada looks to WTO on COOL

As the debate over the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law continues, Canadian officials have requested additional World Trade Organization (WTO) involvement.

On Monday, Canada requested a WTO compliance panel to review the rule, which changes how “muscle cut” commodities are labeled in the U.S. The rule requires the meat’s origin designation to include information not […]

World watches after New Zealand passes landmark drug bill

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

New Zealand officials hope a new law will help better regulate designer drugs.

The Psychoactive Substances Bill, which was passed last month, restricts the sale of drugs that don’t meet safety requirements while also prohibiting the sale of unregulated psychoactive substances until they’ve been approved. The bill […]

Undeclared food allergens leading reason for recalls

Undeclared food allergens accounted for more than half of food recalls in the second quarter of this year, according to a new report.

About 60 percent of total food recalls were related to undeclared allergens, up from 34 percent in the first quarter. Allergens accounted for 65 percent for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-initiated recalls […]

Tox Tuesday: Drugged driving

Although the problems caused by drunk driving are well known, its lesser-known cousin drugged driving also can have devastating consequences.

Drugged driving refers to operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, including illegal substances and those prescribed by a doctor. Often, these drugs can cause impairment, such as reduced motor function, poor judgment and […]