Crickets in dog food could benefit your pup and the environment

Dog owners looking to provide their furry companions with an alternative protein sources will be interested to learn of the benefits that one unconventional option has to offer: crickets.

While the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has yet to define crickets as a viable option for pet food, the U.S. Food and Drug […]

Against all odds, roping horse survives botulism, resumes competing

John the horse, courtesy of UC Davis

Equine botulism isn’t commonly associated with happily-ever-afters. That said, one roping horse slated to appear in the World Series of Team Roping before he contracted botulism has made a comeback thanks to treatment from the University of California, Davis veterinary hospital.

John is an 11-year-old American Quarter […]

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The genius who solved the porcine ileitis puzzle — Pig Progress Renowned veterinary researcher Dr. Gordon Lawson passed away early this year. In remembrance of him, Pig Progress takes a look at Lawson’s contributions to […]

FDA pushes back FSMA produce requirements for water testing

The Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) came into effect in early 2018 for the largest produce growers in the U.S., meaning that efforts to understand the rule and implement its requirements are well underway for many operations.

Smaller produce operations (those with between $250,000 and $500,000 in revenue) have another […]

How food poisoning affects your pet

In recent weeks, dog food products from at least four pet food companies been recalled due to fears that the products might contain the food poisoning pathogen Salmonella.

These recalls, issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), come after several reports of pets and children becoming sick. Six cases were reported, including a […]

Brown Swiss Assoc. to offer Neogen genomic services

Neogen Corporation announced today that it is partnering with the Brown Swiss Association to offer its members advanced genomic services to improve herd performance and profitability.

With the agreement, Neogen will offer association members its Igenity® Dairy Heifer Program and SeekSire™ parentage product lines. Neogen’s Igenity products include its popular Igenity Select and Igenity Prime […]

The lowdown on environmental risk assessments

The environmental risk assessment is getting a lot of buzz in the food and agriculture industries. What is it, though?

“An environmental risk assessment is, in general terms, an evaluation of a food storage, processing or packaging environment to pinpoint any areas where there may be a risk to food safety,” said Neogen’s Matthew Sawyer. […]

Support for the organic food producer: Neogen at Natural Products Expo West

In the supermarket, consumers make decisions about purchasing either organic or conventional foods. Microbes and allergens are less discerning; they don’t care if they’re contaminating organic or conventional food.

In many ways, organic food producers have a greater food safety challenge, since they can’t use some of the intervention methods and anti-spoilage techniques used by […]

Tox Tuesday: Report shows drug hospitalizations, deaths up in England and Wales

A new survey published by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) shows that more people are being hospitalized for drug-related reasons, including for mental health treatment and for overdoses.

According to the survey, which was conducted over 12 months between 2016 and 2017, there’s been a 40% increase in hospital admissions with a “primary […]

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Animal Science:

Badgers key to limiting spread of bovine tuberculosis — Trinity College Dublin Because badgers can easily harbor and spread bovine tuberculosis, researchers say it is imperative to understand how badgers move around in the wild. […]