Convenient meals, inconvenient pathogens?

Wouldn’t it be nice to never step foot in a grocery store again? No more navigating a cart bumper car-style down overwhelming aisles teeming with more products — and more decisions — than you can shake a stick at.

Trendy home-delivery meal kits attempt to provide a solution to grocery store haters. The idea is, […]

DON outbreak highlights storage concerns for grain

DON: it’s nasty, it’s dangerous and it’s being currently found in high levels in stored grain around the Corn Belt region of the United States.

DON — a.k.a., vomitoxin — is a mycotoxin created by Fusarium molds, especially F. graminearum. When consumed, it can cause nausea, vomiting (hence the nickname), gastroenteritis, diarrhea, immunosuppression and even […]

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Food Safety

Poisoned in paradise: Rat lungworm nightmare in Hawaii — Food Safety News Although state officials have downplayed the danger of rat lungworm parasites, the fact remains that Hawaii is in the […]

Is parenting style the result of nature or nurture?

They say becoming a parent changes everything — and now science shows that it may even change the way your brain works.

Researchers at the University of Georgia have published a study showing that when a living being becomes a parent, there are changes in parts of the brain that deal with mating, feeding, aggression […]

Down on the farm: Biosecurity principles

Some of the scariest epidemics we hear about in the news aren’t just human infections — oftentimes, animals are the ones impacted.

But as we know, sick animals lead to sick humans. That’s why biosecurity is so important. The goals of a successful biosecurity plan are to keep animals healthy and to prevent the spread […]

Science: Researchers map history of dog breeds

From the delicate, minuscule Yorkie to the powerful, hulking Great Dane, dog breeds are as diverse as they are beloved as household pets and companions.

Now, researchers have pieced together the largest family tree of dogs ever compiled.

In a study published in Cell Reports, researchers have explained how over two decades, they used gene […]

Neogen launches NeoNet™ multi-facility ATP reporting and analysis system

LANSING, Mich., May 9, 2017 — Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) has developed an innovative software system that allows food safety directors immediate access to their facilities’ sanitation test results — no matter where in the world their facilities may be.

Neogen’s new NeoNet™ is a cloud-based software platform that enables corporate food safety directors to […]

Tox Tuesday: Carfentanil blacklisted in China

The United States is facing an increasingly tragic opioid epidemic. In December 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) released a report stating that over 33,000 people had died in 2015 due to opioid overdoses, an increase from the previous year. Of those deaths, 9,580 were because of synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl […]

Monday 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.

Animal Science:

Seaweed can improve piglet health — All About Feed With a naïve immune system, nursing piglets are prone to intestinal disorders that result in diarrhea. Unfortunately, with the increasing incidence of […]

Why is the Kentucky Derby only for 3-year-old horses?

The 143rd Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville and will likely again feature a seemingly endless variety of oddly fascinating women’s hats, but only 3-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses.

Why only 3-year-olds? Why doesn’t arguably the biggest horse race of the year allow the fastest horses to compete against each other, regardless […]