Study: Raw milk 840 times more likely to make you sick

161°F. Toasty, right?

That’s the recommended temperature for milk to be heated up to in order to kill pathogens. Many commercial operations heat their milk to temperatures quite a bit hotter still.

The process, pasteurization, can be done in a few different ways, but is essential for making many foods, especially dairy products, safe to […]

Tuesday links

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

Food Safety

Food insecurity and its link to mycotoxins — All About Feed In his remarks at the World Nutrition Forum, Christopher Elliott of Queen’s University Belfast explained how mycotoxins are related to […]

Researchers suggest tree nut allergies may be diagnosed too freely

Are tree nut allergies holding you back from enjoying some salty snacks? Well, a new study suggests that the common practice of telling patients allergic to one tree nut to avoid all other tree nuts may not be necessary.

The study, published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), found that many […]

Good, clean water: What it can do for livestock

From feed to finishing, farmers and ranchers have mountains of factors to consider when raising their livestock to be healthy and productive. It’s an extensive job, to put it simply.

One aspect, however, which should not be overlooked is water quality.

When animals intake poor quality water, major problems can happen. Pathogens may be transferred […]

Nature vs. nurture: How we use social media

How do you interact with social media? Are you that person who provides friends with a constant stream of photos, articles and witty quips on your profile? Maybe you’re a more passive user, dropping the occasional “like” or comment here and there. Maybe, unlike an estimated 2.8 billion people worldwide, you don’t even use social […]

Neogen announces its Recall Support Services program

LANSING, Mich., May 23, 2017 — Neogen has developed an innovative Recall Support Services program to better serve the needs of its food industry customers facing a product recall — or preparing for the possibility of a recall.

Neogen’s enhanced Recall Support Services program emphasizes Neogen’s experience and expertise, as well as testing products and […]

Tox Tuesday: Gray death

As if heroin and other opioids weren’t dangerous enough, a new drug known as “gray death” has appeared on the scene in several parts of the United States.

The drug — which gets its name from its cement powder-like appearance — is a cocktail of deadly opioids mixed with heroin or fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. […]

Monday links

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

Food Safety

Raw Milk, Cheese Cause Almost All Dairy Foodborne Illness — Food Safety Magazine A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

Mycotoxins for dummies, part 2: Spike and recovery

In the first part of this blog, we discussed the basics of mycotoxins and how to test for them. In this post, we’ll go over the spike and recovery approach to validating unproven products.

Unverified food commodities require validation from rapid tests for many reasons. Some contain complex matrices, containing compounds that interfere with the […]

Mycotoxins for dummies, part 1: What are they, and how do we test for them?

The discovery of the mycotoxin aflatoxin in the 1960s led to a boom in scientific and regulatory interest in mycotoxins. When it was found that aflatoxins can be carcinogenic in animals, an urgent need was sparked to facilitate a greater regulation of mycotoxins in food commodities.

But what are mycotoxins?

“Mycotoxins are the toxins produced […]