Reminder: clean your fridge this weekend

Imagine the inside of your refrigerator. So many shelves, drawers, trays and cubbies, all with their own corners and crevices. Now imagine all of the food that could get stuck in the nooks and crannies: ketchup splatters, sandwich crumbs, raw meat juices… we could go on.

Sounds nasty, huh? But for many of us, the […]

Chicken eggs may lower cost of cancer treatment

As drug prices rise, many cancer patients choose not to fill prescriptions for lifesaving medications — nearly 20% will stop taking important drugs due to costs, according to some research.

Expensive drugs are often attributed to increasingly expensive research and development costs. Fortunately, science is always looking for easier ways of doing things. A recent […]

Happy birthday: 1,400% more bacteria lands on cakes when you blow out candles

Birthday celebrations. Who doesn’t love them? We at Neogen celebrated our 35th birthday as a company this year, and it’s been an exciting year so far.

Recently, however, there’s been some bad press surrounding birthday parties, coming along with an important food safety tip we and others should keep in mind.

We’ll put it shortly: […]

Puppies send 9 people to hospitals with Campylobacter infection

Say it ain’t so, doc.

Puppies don’t come across as very dangerous, but nine people have been hospitalized and 30 others made sick in the past year thanks to the little pooches, according a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

Puppies across seven states (Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and […]

Monday links

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

Animal Science:

The sniff test of self-recognition confirmed: Dogs have self-awareness — National Research Tomsk State University While domestic dogs have been found to be pretty good at social cognitive tasks, they’ve not yet managed to pass […]

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:

Pig-to-person spread of flu a concern — Ohio State University The spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings, and protective measures including cutting the length of […]

The truth about copper poisoning from Moscow mules

Photo by Ted Eytan

Head out on the town this summer and you’ll probably see it at some outdoor patio: a beverage clutched in the hands of someone who looks quite trendy, lime slices floating among ice cubes, condensation glistening on a cool, copper mug. The Moscow mule.

Moscow mules — not from Russia […]

Farm animals help prevent asthma and allergies in kids, study finds

In the past, we’ve talked about how household pets can lead to healthier babies. But cats and dogs aren’t the only animals linked to better health in youngsters. New evidence from researchers in Switzerland suggests that interaction with farm animals can help prevent asthma and allergies.

“Early childhood contact with animals, and the consumption of […]

Putting the “no” in Norovirus

Illustration by Alissa Eckert, courtesy the CDC

Quick, imagine your ideal date. Is it followed by nausea and vomiting? What about cramps, a fever or diarrhea? We’re going to guess, “no.”

Unfortunately, sometimes dinner leads to foodborne illness, particularly from the prolific norovirus, which causes around 50% of all food poisoning cases.

The virus […]

How milk banks keep donated breast milk safe for babies, part 2

In the first part of this post, we reviewed what breast milk banks are and how they help provide infants with nourishment in many cases.

To keep infants safe, milk banks screen and test milk from donors before passing it along to the hospitals that administer the milk.

What can make donated breast milk unsafe?

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