Unraveling acronyms: What are ASP, DSP and PSP?

Whether it’s ASP, DSP or PSP, it all comes down to shellfish and biotoxins.

Shellfish poisoning can occur when shellfish contaminated with any of a number of marine toxins are consumed. The individual toxins can lead to a range of conditions and symptoms.

It’s important to remember the algae that produce these toxins are usually […]

Toxicology news roundup

U.K. reviews ketamine classification

Officials in the United Kingdom (U.K.) are reviewing whether ketamine should be upgraded from a class C drug to a class B drug, a move that would increase penalties for illegal possession.

Ketamine is an anesthetic used in veterinary and human medicine that often is used as a club drug. It […]

EU to implement new origin labeling

Beginning in 2015, the European Union (EU) will require origin labeling on certain meat products.

The measure, which was approved by a majority of member states in the Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health last week, will require origin labels on chilled, frozen and fresh pork, poultry, sheep and goat meat. In addition […]

Tox Tuesday: Kratom

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Justice (via Wikimedia Commons)

A relative of the coffee plant is causing a debate regarding the substance’s potential benefits and dangers.

Kratom comes from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical tree found in parts of Southeast Asia, including Thailand and Malaysia. It is consumed in a tea, […]

Take a time out with the Monday links

In a holidaze and 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.

Food safety

Fall 2013 White House regulatory plan includes many food safety rules – Food Safety News

Many food safety items, including rules surrounding mechanically-tenderized beef […]

Storm has little effect on drought

Courtesy of USDA.

Despite a large pre-Thanksgiving storm that swept over much of the U.S., the drought still is hanging on.

Although the storm helped alleviate the drought in some areas of the Eastern U.S., overall the change in drought conditions was negligible, according to the Dec. 3 U.S. Drought Monitor report. Rains in […]

CDC findings focus on food safety in restaurants

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is taking aim at improving food safety in restaurants and delis, which are linked to more than half of foodborne illness outbreaks annually.

The CDC found several gaps in food worker knowledge as well as in public health surveillance, including food handling practices, hand washing, environmental […]

USDA publishes Salmonella Action Plan


Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a new plan to combat Salmonella contamination in meat and poultry products.

The Salmonella Action Plan aims to reduce the number of foodborne illness cases attributed to the bacteria. Currently, about 1.3 million illnesses in the U.S. annually are […]

Micro 101: What is film plating?

Without microbes, there is no microbiology.

It seems pretty obvious. But like all things in life, it’s never just that easy. Microbes don’t separate according to genus and species on their own nor do the dangerous ones hold up little red flags warning of their pathogenicity. Rather, it falls to lab personnel, microbiologists and other […]

Recover from Thanksgiving with the Monday links

Too full to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

Neogen introduces NeoFilm for simple microbial counts – Neogen

Neogen now offers another simple way to detect microbes.

Congress asks for proposed FSMA rules – The Packer

In a letter, […]