‘Practical Applications of a One-Hour Listeria Test’ at Food Safety and Microbiology Conference

The conference will feature a variety of sessions on tools, resources and solutions for manufacturing safe food and meeting regulations while still running a profitable business.

Educational sessions will include:

Environmental monitoring Advanced sanitation strategies Finding microbial niches in your facility Tips on setting up a world-class food safety culture And much more

The conference […]

How your Christmas ham makes it from the farm to your table

The Christmas ham is a tradition that stretches back centuries — in fact, enjoying a ham dinner on wintry special occasions has been popular in Europe before Christmas was even celebrated there. And while any cook — from the pro to the at-home kitchen wizard — needs to keep food safety in mind while cooking […]

Science: Campylobacter uses other microorganisms as a Trojan Horse to spread infection

Photo by Lassi Kurkijärvi | CC BY-NC 2.0

The Trojan Horse is a classic legend. Warring against the city of Troy, the ancient Greeks feigned surrender, leaving a peace offering of a giant wooden horse at the city gates. A force of soldiers was hiding inside the horse, and at night they slipped out […]

USDA examines a world without farm animals

Imagine a world where farmers didn’t raise animals. No cows in the pasture or pigs in their pens. No chickens laying eggs or sheep being sheared. What kind of effect would it have on society? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Virginia Tech set out to answer this question with a recent investigation.

The […]

Holiday season brings increased risk of food poisoning

It’s time for the holidays, and you know what that means — an increase in outbreaks of the pathogenic bacteria Clostridium perfringens!

Okay, maybe you didn’t know that. Well, so that you do know, C. perfringens is a strain of bacteria associated with cooked foods left out at room temperature. According to the U.S. Centers […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Cattle production and modern technology — Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board A new social media campaign is helping consumers better understand how cattle producers are using advanced technology — like drones and solar panels […]

Listeria sickens more than 550, leaves 36 dead in South Africa

A major outbreak of listeriosis has sickened more than 550 people in South Africa, with a reported 36 deaths due to the illness.

The large outbreak is highly unusual for the country. In a typical year, South Africa records just 60–80 cases of listeriosis. Authorities are currently investigating the source of this outbreak, which has […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Getting a better handle on methane emissions from livestock — American Chemical Society Livestock contribute a hefty portion to the average person’s diet, but at a cost to the environment: a lot of methane, a […]

Researchers seek ways to decrease algal blooms from phosphorous runoff

Previously on the Neogen blog, we’ve written about how rising ocean temperatures are worsening the risk of shellfish poisoning due to the increasing presence of toxic algal blooms that thrive in warm waters.

Today we’re taking a look at another contributing factor to these algal blooms: phosphorus runoff.

First off: What is phosphorus runoff, and […]

Neogen at SQF Information Day

This week, Neogen’s Jim Topper presented at the SQF Information Day during this year’s Food Safety Consortium. The event, a gathering for food industry professionals from every link of the supply chain, is an opportunity to share the advantages of third-party certifications in food safety and quality.

In his presentation, Topper shared material from Neogen’s […]