Three free tools to build a food safety environmental risk assessment

An environmental risk assessment is a big part a food manufacturing company’s plate of armor defending them from a number of food safety and quality concerns. This assessment is used by food production, processing and packaging facilities to keep tabs on anything and everything that could present a food safety risk — especially in regards […]

Tox Tuesday: a history of Olympic doping

Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen | Wikimedia Commons

Tetrahydrogestrinone. Androstenedione. Methylhexanamine. Erythropoietin. Hydrochlorothiazide. These are just some of the performance-enhancing substances athletes use here in the 21st century, and just some of what officials will test for during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. However, just because these drugs are modern inventions doesn’t mean that doping […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Bill Gates is working with geneticists to create the ‘perfect cow’ — Futurism Tweaking genes could be one way of increasing the hardiness of livestock breeds. Bill Gates, Microsoft philanthropist, donated $40 million toward research […]

Online game aims to help in fight against mycotoxins

Game screenshot courtesy the University of Washington

It sounds silly, but on World Food Day 2017 (October 16) a series of computer-based puzzles were introduced centered on the structure of an enzyme that can degrade the deadly mycotoxin aflatoxin.

(A mycotoxin is a naturally occurring toxin produced by mold or fungus growing on crops […]

Neogen’s Synergize® Disinfectant proven effective against FMD

Neogen Corporation announced today that an independent study has proven its Synergize® Disinfectant-Cleaner to be effective against the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in cattle, pigs, sheep, and other livestock.

The validation study was conducted by the prestigious Pirbright Institute, an England-based research institution dedicated to the study of infectious diseases in farm animals. […]

Study recommends Neogen’s Reveal® for PSP for regulatory use

A comprehensive study has demonstrated an equivalence of Neogen’s lateral flow ELISA to detect the toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) with standard test protocols, and recommended Neogen’s rapid test for regulatory use for testing oysters. The collaborative study was led by Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and South Australian Research and […]

Scientists worry cow who ‘chose freedom’ could corrupt vulnerable bison population

Since last November, the world has been following the tale of a Limousin cow that escaped from its owner and made itself at home with a herd of bison near Poland’s Bialowieza Forest. Now, some scientists are worried that if the cow breeds with the bison, it could contaminate the genetics of the vulnerable population.

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African countries suffer staggering losses each year due to aflatoxins

Aflatoxin is dangerous to both humans and animals, and as technology races to subdue the threat it poses, some parts of the world are still struggling. Millions of people throughout Africa are exposed to unsafe amounts of the mycotoxin every year.

The Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) has put out the numbers: $670 […]

New rules proposed to ‘modernize’ swine processing industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed a series of changes affecting the swine industry in the U.S., particularly regarding the way hogs slaughtered for meat are processed. Regulators say the proposal will make industry practices better, but some worry about the implications for food safety.

USDA has proposed a new inspection system that […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Chickens prefer attractive people — National Geographic Research shows that chickens can recognize and discern people based on their faces — and they apparently like beautiful humans, keying in on things like symmetry as a […]