Some almond trees don’t need no stinkin’ bees!

About 80% of the country’s commercial bees (and their beekeepers) visit California during the months of February and March. Typically, during this time, the bees are busy buzzing around and pollinating the state’s almond trees. However, a relatively new variety of almond called Independence could change the need for bees and the beekeeper business as […]

Painted olives, tainted sugar top INTERPOL list of fake food

More than 11,000 tons of fake food and more than one million liters of fake beverages were recently seized in operation Opson V, the largest-ever groups of seizures, which spanned across 57 countries in an INTERPOL-Europol coordinated initiative to protect public health and safety.

According to a report from the investigation, among the products confiscated […]

Fact or fiction: Zika virus in animals

There has been growing concern about Zika virus after several news reports have focused on the virus causing children in South America to be born with microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, often due to abnormal brain development. Scientists have yet to confirm the link to microcephaly and […]

Monday links

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Food Safety

Oyster research could lead to food safety strategies – Food Safety News Microbes battling microbes. This type of warfare is happening all around us — and even inside of us — […]

Although quite festive, Easter eggs can make you sick

Eggs are often a part of many Easter celebrations and while families enjoy dyeing and decorating hard-boiled eggs, food safety should be factored into the fun.

Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter food safety expert Wenqing Xu said in a recent article that since chickens carry Salmonella, it is possible for them to transmit this bacteria […]

Study finds rats can make people feel depressed

A not-so-surprising new study finds that people don’t like rats. But what may be truly surprising is that rats — more than crime or other signs of urban decay — may make people depressed.

According to an article, people living in Baltimore’s low-income neighborhoods who see rats as a big problem, are significantly more likely […]

Could a plastic-eating bacterium help deal with waste one day?

Take one look around your local grocery store and you will see that most food packages today are made from plastic. Plastic is waterproof and flexible and best of all it’s impervious to all known bacteria — or at least it was until now.

Researchers in Japan recently discovered a new species of bacterium around […]

Neogen reports 12% increase in net income

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended Feb. 29, increased 12% to $8,311,000, when compared to the prior year’s $7,454,000. Earnings per share in the current quarter were $0.22, compared to $0.20 a year ago. Current year-to-date net income increased 11% over […]

Neogen launches four food safety drug residue tests

Neogen Corporation announced today that it has introduced four new tests for the detection of veterinary drug residues in food. The new tests detect clenbuterol, avermectins, florfenicol, and oxytetracycline.

Each of the new tests are in Neogen’s proven Veratox® brand format, which provides an accurate, rapid, cost-effective and easy-to-use diagnostic method compared to instrument-based tests, […]

Protecting your pets from rodenticides

Rodenticides are necessary tools for the control of rodent infestations. Although commonly used in agricultural settings to keep mice and rats from infesting feed and produce storage, they are also often needed in and around homes. Unfortunately, the products used for pest control can harm unintended animals who consume the bait, or those who eat […]