Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

How do Horses Get Hurt During Transport? – The Horse Do you worry about your horse getting injured in the trailer? If so, you’re probably not alone. But how often do […]

Salmonella outbreak could be at fault for collapse of Aztec society

Salmonella

After analyzing the DNA of bacteria found inside buried ancient Aztecs, some scientists now believe an outbreak of Salmonella could actually be to blame for the death of 80% of their population, and in turn, the collapse of their society 500 years ago.

This is potentially the first genetic evidence of the pathogen […]

Neogen is gearing up for Natural Products Expo West!

This year at Natural Products Expo West, Neogen is sponsoring a track of four presentations in the safety and compliance section. Within that track, Neogen’s own Jim Topper will present “Allergen Control: The Business Case & Best Practices to Support Your Company,” alongside Jenna Blumenfeld, the Senior Food Editor at new Hope Network.

The presentation […]

Contaminated powdered milk creates a chain of food recalls

From macaroni and cheese, to waffle mix, to potato chips and more, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a series of related product recalls a few months ago due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Although seemingly unrelated, the products mentioned above, along with more than two dozen others, all contained powdered milk as an ingredient, […]

Whole genome sequencing provides insight on the future of food safety

Salmonella

Food production industries continue to make improvements in pathogen reduction and improving public health. One of the ways in which this is accomplished is through improvements in food safety diagnostics.

Next generation sequencing and genomics provides processors with previously unavailable information on strains, sources, and identity of particular pathogens or spoilage issues. Next […]

Foodborne illness outbreaks grow as imported food increases

As the proportion of U.S. food imported from other countries increases, a recent analysis found the number of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with imported foods has also increased.

The study, “Outbreaks of Disease Associated with Food Imported into the United States, 1996-2014,” found that 19% of food consumed by Americans is now imported, including 97% […]

Undeclared allergens top 2016 food recall list

The numbers are in and the total amount of food recalls in 2016 in the U.S. and Canada was 764 — a 22% increase compared to the previous year. Undeclared allergens once again topped the food recall list, attributing to more food recalls than any other form of contamination.

Based on notices issued by […]

Keep your love alive and the foodborne pathogens dead!

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love that for many involves cooking a special meal or venturing out for a romantic dinner. Treating your loved one to oysters, for example, has long been associated with romance and they are often found on restaurant menus this time of year.

However, before you indulge, it’s important to […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

GFSI in 2017: The Year of FSMA Compliance – Food Safety Tech Insights on how FSMA and GFSI work together to manage food safety.

The Right Way to Store These 9 […]

L. mono draft guidance provides specifications for RTE foods

L. mono

The FDA recently updated its draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods,” in an effort to provide new, detailed information for ready-to-eat food (RTE) facilities subject to FSMA’s Preventive Controls rule.

While the draft guidance is long and comprehensive, it makes some clear recommendations that the Acheson Group outlines and […]