Heading to the beach this weekend? Read this first

Beachgoers and sandcastle builders beware. A new study has found that when it comes to germs, the sandy shores of beaches may be more dangerous than the water itself.

Recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology , the study looked at water and sand from Hawaiian beaches and found a “higher abundance” of […]

Report: U.S. winter wheat worst quality in 17 years

The quality of some of the first wheat harvested by U.S. farmers in 2015 is the worst in at least 17 years, according to one measure and following heavy rainfall across parts of the Midwest.

A report released last week by U.S. Wheat Associates tracked the “falling number,” a gauge of sprout damage in crops […]

FDA bans some cilantro imported from Mexico

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this week it has issued a ban on some cilantro imported from Mexico. This comes after an investigation was launched which discovered that the imported vegetable was responsible for hundreds of reported intestinal illnesses in the U.S. dating back to 2012.

A recent article states that since […]

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 outbreaks?

Salmonella

The presence of Salmonella in certain brands of chicken and tuna has recently lead to three different food recalls and has resulted in more than four million pounds of food being discarded. While the recalls involve three different food companies, and seemingly began completely separate of one another, they all have one thing […]

Monday Mycotoxin Report — July 27, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for July 27, 2015 is now available! Each week, we are happy to present to you a weekly report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. To watch, click on the video below.

Cool down with Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

Report: Food Recalls Have Nearly Doubled Since 2002 – Food Safety News The number of U.S. food products recalled — and the costs associated with those recalls — have nearly doubled […]

Neogen launches NeoSeek™ Salmonella serotyping service

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) today announced the development of a detection and identification technology that provides DNA-specific test results for pathogenic serotypes of Salmonella.

Neogen’s new NeoSeek™ pathogen DNA identification method for Salmonella can provide genomic-based serotypes (e.g., Salmonella enterica Enteritidis and Salmonella enterica Heidelberg) in as little as 72 hours from suspected Salmonella positive […]

Bill blocks states from requiring GMO labels on food

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday and blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, also known as GMO foods. Instead, labeling of GMO foods and ingredients will now be on a voluntary basis.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who authored […]

Wastewater could quench thirst of some California farms

It’s old news by now that many California farmers are in a tight spot this summer as their normal water supplies have dried up with the state’s extreme drought that has continued in some areas of the state for years. What’s new, however, is the creative way some farmers are dealing with the dry conditions.

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Research shines light on organic fruit, food safety

Scientists at Washington State University (WSU) have shown that ultraviolet C (UVC) light is effective against foodborne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits and could be used on organic produce as an alternative to chemical sanitizers.

Recently published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, the method of using UVC light to sanitize surfaces […]