New USDA survey reveals variations in produce growers’ food safety practices

The Economic Research Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently issued an 84-page report on the level and type of food safety measures currently in place by the nation’s produce growers. The report outlines the baseline of food safety practices in the industry today as producers begin to implement practices that keep […]

A cry for help: Crops under attack emit cues for hungry birds

We humans are simple creatures — we find ourselves in trouble, we cry out for help. Science has known for a while that plants do something similar by letting out “sensory volatile cues,” like scents, when they’re under attack by hungry insects. The result is that birds will often pick up the cue, swoop […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: August 27, 2018

On this week’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report, we cover new mycotoxin reports in corn and barley, another slip in corn quality ratings, and Tony describes the matrix effect — nothing to do with the movie — in his latest Tech Tip. Watch it on our YouTube channel now.

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When mycotoxins contaminate feed: What is oxidative stress?

When mycotoxins contaminate animal feed, the effects on livestock can be serious. Some mycotoxins, like aflatoxin, are carcinogenic. Others can impact the immune system or the blood, damage organs, cause miscarriages and provoke severe vomiting, among many other effects.

Some of these effects are linked to oxidative stress, which happens when unstable atoms damage living […]

Genome of wheat, the world’s most common crop, sequenced after 13 years

Ever since scientists first sequenced a living thing’s genome in 1995 — that of the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae — the genomes of hundreds of plants and animal species have been unraveled.

You’d think, then, that wheat would have been early up on that list. After all, it’s the most commonly grown crop in the world. […]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: August 20, 2018

This Monday, in our weekly Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report, we cover increased mycotoxin reports in Texas, a slip in good to excellent ratings, and Tech Tip Tony covers standard deviations when using mycotoxin reference material. Check it out here.

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Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: August 13, 2018

This week in our Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report, we cover new fumonisin reports in corn, quality risks ahead, and special guest Dr. Gwendolyn Jones discusses mycotoxin effects on dairy cows. Watch it here.

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

Safe selling at the farmers market

Though National Farmers Market Week is coming to a close, the farmers market season is still well underway. In fact, as farmers markets become an increasingly popular way to get fresh farm goodies, some continue year-round.

And just like commercial kitchens, home kitchens, food production and processing plants and anywhere else where food can be […]

Trace minerals may help aflatoxin-exposed cows

Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxin created by mold growth on crops, is one of the most troublesome mycotoxins in the world. Its presence above safe levels in human food and animal feed is harmful to the health of those who consume it, and may be responsible for staggeringly high liver cancer rates in many African […]

European Food Safety Authority outlines increased mycotoxin risk in parts of Europe

What do molds and fungi need to grow? Moisture and warmth.

As the climates of significant parts of our planet become increasingly hot and wet, experts are advising that we’ll see changes in the development of the molds that harm agriculture in those areas.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reported that the gradual […]