Draft guidance addresses Listeria testing for RTE food production

Ready-to-eat (RTE) food producers were given new direction from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this year when its draft guidance “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods” was updated.

We’ve summarized the draft guidance before, but now we’ll go over the guideline’s approach to sampling and testing for L. mono.

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Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas cattle and cotton

In recent weeks, numerous parts of the world have faced dangerous flooding due to excessive rainfall: Texas, Northern Ireland and South Asia, most notably.

While flooding is devastating in innumerable ways, the impact on agriculture is huge, with effects that shoot far along the food supply chain.

In the case of Texas, the biggest producer […]

Summer of sickness: Europe investigating histamine poisoning from tuna

Several European countries have faced unusually frequent outbreaks of histamine poisoning from fish over the past few months.

Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy, Poland and Spain have all reported outbreaks this season. More than 100 people in Spain alone had been sickened by May of this year. Other countries reported abnormal clusters of human cases of […]

Monday links

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Animal Science:

The toes tell the tale: New light shed on evolutionary forces that drove horses to evolve a single toe — Harvard University Though modern horses have a single toe, their earliest ancestors had three. Why? […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: August 28, 2017

Our friend Dr. Max Hawkins of Alltech returns this week, this time discussing the presence of DON and masked DON in corn samples. For that and the latest on mycotoxin reports, click here.

Neogen Corporation takes great care to ensure the integrity of the data we collect from many sources across the country. As these […]

Nanocoating could be used to extend shelf life

Nanocoating may sound like a high-tech, sci-fi concept far beyond the understanding of the average person. But it really is quite simple, and the food safety implications of using nanocoatings on fruits could benefit the industry greatly.

As its name implies, nanocoatings are incredibly thin layers that coat an object in order to serve a […]

Study: 20% of sausages tested in Canada contained unlabeled meat

The phrase “meat adulteration” sends shivers down the spines of those in the meat industry. And ever since the highly publicized 2013 horse meat scandal, the term scares consumers too.

The issue returned to the spotlight this month when a study examined sausages sold in grocery stores mostly near three major Canadian cities.

Researchers from […]

Researchers offer tips to prevent swine flu in humans

The 2017 county fair season in the U.S. is nearing its close. Fewer and fewer weekends are filled with the bright lights of rapidly assembled Ferris wheels, the air is less filled with the scent of toasty elephant ears (non-Americans, check these out) and fewer animals are ambling into the trailer to be brought to […]

4 years after immunotherapy, kids still peanut-tolerant

Scientists have been working tirelessly on a cure for allergies for many years. New findings show just how close they may be getting.

Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, gave 48 children a peanut protein-containing probiotic (or a placebo) every day for 18 months. A month after halting the dose, around 80% of tested kids could tolerate […]

Monday links

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Animal Science:

Pig-to-person spread of flu a concern — Ohio State University The spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings, and protective measures including cutting the length of […]