There could be what in my parmesan cheese?

The latest case of food fraud has made headlines as a recent article investigates the use of wood shavings—among other substitutes and fillers—in what is claimed to be 100% real parmesan cheese.

Known as cellulose, the common anti-clumping agent is made from wood pulp, and while it is a safe additive in the food industry, […]

Report: Superbugs becoming even more antibiotic resistant

Superbug versions of foodborne pathogens have become more resistant to antibiotics in certain areas of the world than was previously thought—a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warns.

For example, Campylobacter, the most commonly reported cause of food poisoning in the EU, […]

GeneSeek offers test for Holstein Cholesterol Deficiency

LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 16, 2016 — Following the recent discovery of the Holstein Haplotype for Cholesterol Deficiency (HCD), GeneSeek is now offering a test for confirmation of HCD.

HCD limits a Holstein calf’s ability to produce cholesterol and is generally fatal within months if homozygous (carrying two copies). Current research indicates that animals heterozygous for […]

Neogen’s ANSR® for Listeria receives AFNOR validation

AYR, Scotland, 15 February, 2016 — Neogen’s ANSR® for Listeria has been NF certified in accordance with the current and stringent criteria of a NF Validation study carried out according to the EN ISO 16140 part 2 standard for food and environmental samples.

This new validation (NF Validation by AFNOR certification NEO 35/03-01/16) follows the […]

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Animal Science

The Real Reason Why Dogs Tilt Their Heads to the Side – Good Housekeeping Are they confused? Are they curious? Or are they simply just being adorable?

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Show your pets some love this Valentine’s Day

Like Santa, horses know if you’re happy or sad

A new study is showing for the first time that it’s not just people who process and react to facial expressions, but horses do as well.

In the study, 28 horses were shown large color photographs of different facial expressions for 30 seconds, and their reactions monitored as part of the research by psychologists at […]

Robots: The farmers of the future?

A Japanese lettuce production business has developed the world’s first farm operated exclusively by robots. The company bases its business model on finding new ways to overcome the challenges of providing food for a growing world population through efficient food production, as well as addressing issues such as shortage of fresh water, extreme weather effects […]

First salmon, up next pigs?

Late last year the first genetically engineered animal — a salmon that is designed to grow twice as fast as wild salmon — was approved by the FDA and deemed safe for human consumption. Now, new research is showing another animal may soon join the list as scientists from the University of Missouri and Kansas […]

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Animal Science

DNA testing of livestock offers look under hide – Rapid City Journal A $25-a-head test can help cattle producers find out how their livestock will pass along economically important […]