Howl-een (and meow-ween) Safety

For owners of scaredy cats and dare-devil dogs, Halloween can be a tricky holiday. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a few tips and tricks to keep our furry friends safe on the 31st.

1. Keep pets away from candy. All types of chocolate are harmful […]

Safety tips for fun fall food

The autumn season is never complete without typical fall fun including trips to apple orchards, cider mills and local farmer’s markets. While purchasing locally-grown and produced fresh fruit, juices, vegetables, and other foods have grown more popular as of late, concerns about the safety of the items have come into question.

According to a recently […]

Teal reveals homes for allergy-safe treats

This Halloween you may notice front porches spotted with more than just your typical orange pumpkins or carved jack-o-lanterns. As part of new initiative, teal colored pumpkins are popping up at homes around the world in an effort to raise awareness about food allergies and promote the inclusion of children with allergies in the tradition […]

Halloween food safety tips

In preparation for Halloween, Neogen bring you new blog posts all week focusing on important food safety issues and providing tips to keep you and your family safe.

Located below are some the FDA’s tips for the upcoming holiday.

Top Five Halloween party tips:

1. Do not eat any raw dough or batter when baking.

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Monday Mycotoxin Report — October 27, 2014

Each week, we are happy to present to you the weekly Monday Mycotoxin Report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. To learn more about drought, crop yields and mycotoxin levels, please watch the video below.

Monday links

Have no fear, Monday links is here! Take a moment and catch up with the latest news in the food safety, animal science, agriculture and toxicology sectors.

Food Safety

10 food allergy safety tips for Halloween – Examiner Halloween may be particularly frightening for kids, teens, and adults with food allergies and sensitivities but here […]

Today’s chickens are not your grandpa’s chickens

According to a recent study, chickens today are four times larger than they were 60 years ago but contrary to popular belief, it’s not steroids, hormones or artificial enlargers that are not to blame. Instead, it’s our eating habits that have resulted in the breeding of larger birds.

Published in the Journal Poultry Science and […]

Grain storage bags raise mycotoxin concerns

With corn harvest now underway, several factors including low crop prices and a shortage of storage space, are contributing to more and more farmers turning to polyethylene bags, or “bag silos,” as a crop storage solution instead of traditional storage bins and silos.

While these bags, which are also being used for soybeans and wheat, […]

Farmers debate value of proposed organic checkoffs

According to the article “Organic Checkoff: Is it What’s for Dinner?” The United States Department of Agriculture is currently proposing a redirection of funds from general checkoff programs to instead be used for promotion and research in organic foods.

Checkoffs are defined as a percentage of farmer’s income that is then used by the USDA […]

Tox Tuesday: Smart Drugs

Prescribed to millions each year, “smart drugs,” such as Adderall and Ritalin, are used to treat those diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. These drugs work by combating the symptoms of the disorder allowing users to feel more focused, productive, and attentive toward everyday tasks.

However, it’s not just those diagnosed with ADHD […]