Deadly Aztec outbreak may have been Salmonella, study finds

With cities seemingly floating on water, stone temples and palaces, and warriors decked out in jaguar skins with obsidian blades, the Aztec Empire was the most powerful empire to ever exist in Central America. Now, researchers have found a possible factor contributing to the society’s downfall: Salmonella.

At its peak, the Aztec Empire was one […]

Study: Horses among animals with complex facial expressions

Having a “face like a horse” might seem like an insult to some people, but it turns out human faces may have something in common with their equine counterparts: complex facial expressions.

A study coming out of the United Kingdom shows that horses use a variety of muscles around their eyes, mouths and nostrils to […]

WHO declares South African Listeria outbreak ‘largest ever’

The World Health Organization (WHO) says a listeriosis outbreak in South Africa that has killed 67 people and sickened nearly 750 is the largest-ever foodborne illness outbreak recorded — and to date, a contamination source has not yet been found.

Investigators have been looking for where the implicated strain of Listeria comes from since the […]

USDA proposes HACCP plans, Sanitation SOPs for egg product plants

A new rule has been proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve food safety practices in the egg industry.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has proposed requiring egg product plants to develop Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems — which 93% of egg plants reportedly already use.

The […]

Food Safety Fridays: ‘Best practices for effectively implementing an ATP sanitation verification system’

The International Food Safety and Quality Network (IFSQN) presents special webinars each Friday on food safety, and last week’s webinar featured Neogen’s Senior Market Development Manager Jim Topper. He delivered a talk about the content developed from the industry standard handbook, “Best practices for effectively implementing an ATP sanitation verification program.”

The handbook was developed […]

Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Japanese authorities battle bird flu outbreak — Poultry World Japanese authorities have culled 92,000 chickens following the discovery of the highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza strain in the west of the country.

Every pen, every […]

Food safety when the power goes out: Winter edition

Heavy storms can cause power outages no matter the season. When summer heat is in full force, torrential rainstorms can knock out power lines like they were nothing, just as rapidly accumulating snow and ice can do the same in winter.

Winter power outages come with their own unique challenges, however. When heavy snow and […]

Dairy cow spotlight: Popular and rare breeds

January 11 is National Milk Day in the United States, commemorating what many believe is the day home milk deliveries first kicked off in the country. (If one day of milk-related joy isn’t enough for you, World Milk Day happens on June 1 each year.) Before you pour yourself a celebratory glass, check out these […]

Romaine lettuce investigated in E. coli outbreak

You may be seeing romaine lettuce in the news a lot lately, the suspected culprit in a foodborne illness outbreak that has affected at least 57 people in the U.S. and Canada. But despite the headlines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s too soon to pinpoint a single cause.

Even […]

Tox Tuesday: Doping and the 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be underway next month, beginning February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And as with every set of Olympic Games, curbing illegal doping is a top concern for organizers.

Already, Russia has been banned from participating in the games after an International Olympic Committee investigation into prolonged doping over the years. […]