Neogen reports 11% revenue increase

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that revenues for the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, were $74,860,000 — an 11% increase compared to revenues of $67,599,000 in the first quarter of last year.

First quarter net income increased 5% to $9,323,000, or $0.25 per share, from the previous year’s […]

The 5-second rule? More like 5-second fantasy

If you drop food on the floor is it really safe to pick it up and eat it within five seconds? This popular urban legend was the question of a recent study where scientists experimented with different types of foods and different types of floor surfaces to find out the accuracy of “the five second […]

Study of U.S. farm data shows loss of crop diversity

U.S. farmers are growing fewer types of crops than they were 34 years ago a study by Kansas State University, North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found. This could have implications for how farms fare as changes to the climate evolve and less crop diversity impacts the general ecosystem.

The scientists […]

Study: Proteins from GM plants capable of reducing E.coli in food

A new study is showing that proteins known as colicins, which are produced by genetically modified plants, can be extracted and applied to contaminated meat and produce to kill harmful E. coli bacteria.

Recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research team engineered tobacco, leafy beets, spinach, chicory and lettuce […]

Tox Tuesday: Anti-doping agency proposed for horse racing

Just as American Pharoah’s conquest of the Triple Crown ended 37 years of drama in the horse racing industry, a bill recently introduced into Congress aims to eliminate another type of drama that has surrounded the industry for decades: drug abuse.

As stated in a recent article, representatives Andy Barr, R–Kentucky, and Paul Tonko, D–New […]

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

Salmonella-tainted cucumbers kill 2 people and sicken 339 others, CDC says – Los Angeles Times The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a total of 341 people were affected across […]

Monday Mycotoxin Report — September 14, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for September 14, 2015 is now available! Each week, we are happy to present a weekly report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. Each report also features a commodities report from Richard Brock of Brock Associates. To watch, click on the video below.

FDA: First two FSMA rules finalized; aim to protect consumers

According to the FDA, the first two regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been finalized and aim to help make food safer for consumers. While the remaining five additional rules have yet to be finalized, the FDA says they will be released before the end of the year.

So, what do these […]

Food fraud cases growing; becoming more serious

Over the past few years, food fraud is gaining interest as an emerging risk for consumers as the food supply chain becomes increasingly global and more complex. Defined as the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product for […]

Aflatoxins threaten Africa’s food supply

Africa faces several food supply issues caused by various events from drought to flooding to conflict and more. One of the most constant threats to the continent’s food supply, however, are foodborne toxins known as aflatoxins.

As discussed in a recent article, aflatoxins are produced by fungus that grows on crops such as corn and […]