Can your alcoholic beverage kill germs in your body?

Maybe you’ve been in a situation like this before.

At a party, your friend chomps down on some cheese dip and crackers that have been sitting out for far too long. “It’ll be fine,” he says. “I’ll just have another beer; the alcohol will kill the bacteria.”

Or your sister with a bad cold offers […]

Your nasty, disgusting, no good kitchen sponge

Have you made a few extremely unpleasant trips to the bathroom recently, all the while doing something like cursing your weird Uncle Dan’s ill-advised first attempt at steak tartare?

Well, it’s probably never a good idea to trust a weird uncle’s first attempt at a raw meat recipe, but there is something in most of […]

Your nasty, disgusting, no good kitchen sponge

Have you made a few extremely unpleasant trips to the bathroom recently, all the while doing something like cursing your weird Uncle Dan’s ill-advised first attempt at steak tartare?

Well, it’s probably never a good idea to trust a weird uncle’s first attempt at a raw meat recipe, but there is something in most of […]

Science: Food should be a no fly zone

Flies are less apparent in the winter months but when they make an appearance around your food or drinks, the annoyance and disgust that follows never fails. But, exactly how dangerous are they? Once a fly lands on your sandwich or pop can should you consider it contaminated and throw in out?

One article discusses […]

Science: Don’t double dip that chip!

It’s a question that has been pondered by party-goers for centuries and now that we have entered into the season of holiday celebrations and get-togethers, the answer has never been more crucial.

What are the dangers of double-dipping? Can the bacteria in your mouth really make it onto a chip then into the dip? Is […]

Monday links

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

Food Safety

The “Guide to Guidance”: The Final Rules Are Out, But You’re Still Confused? (You’re Not Alone!) – The Acheson Group The first two final rules of FSMA have been published and […]

Infographic: National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month and Neogen would like to remind you about safe food refrigeration. Take a look at the infographic below and share it with your friends!

Graphics show how quickly germs can spread in a hospital

New research, backed by some pretty cool graphics, is showing just how quickly germs can spread within a healthcare setting—such as nursing homes and hospitals—and challenges the myth that infectious droplets released by patients’ coughing, sneezing, or breathing can be fully dealt with by the building’s ventilation system.

Marco-Felipe King, PhD, a research fellow at […]

The 5-second rule? More like 5-second fantasy

If you drop food on the floor is it really safe to pick it up and eat it within five seconds? This popular urban legend was the question of a recent study where scientists experimented with different types of foods and different types of floor surfaces to find out the accuracy of “the five second […]

Kid’s allergies may be linked to how you wash your dishes

Parents that wash dishes by hand rather than in a dishwasher may lower their children’s risk of developing allergies according to a new study.

Published in the journal Pediatrics, this study followed roughly 1,000 young children and their parents living in the Gothenburg area of Sweden. Researchers looked into not only if the parents washed […]