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 […]

Study: Raw milk 840 times more likely to make you sick

161°F. Toasty, right?

That’s the recommended temperature for milk to be heated up to in order to kill pathogens. Many commercial operations heat their milk to temperatures quite a bit hotter still.

The process, pasteurization, can be done in a few different ways, but is essential for making many foods, especially dairy products, safe to […]

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 […]

New research closes in on Campylobacter

Campylobacter

When foodborne illness strikes, waiting for it to pass has historically been pretty much all you can do. However, that could now be changing as scientists have recently have discovered just how Campylobacter bacteria causes infection, providing the possibility to create antimicrobial drugs to specifically target certain foodborne pathogens.

An Australian study was […]

Pets eyed as carriers of antibiotic resistant bacteria

We have all heard about the increasing danger of antibiotic resistance in humans and farm animals, but now a new study by researchers in China is showing that our companion animals, such as cats and dogs, can also serve as a reservoir for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Because we spend so much time together (and sometimes […]

Scientists discover new types of Salmonella in Africa

Salmonella

The first global-scale genetic study of Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria, which is a major cause of blood poisoning and death in Africa and food poisoning in the Western World, has discovered that there are in fact three separate types of the bacteria. The study also showed the African types have developed resistance to many […]

Neogen launches ANSR® for Campylobacter

Neogen Corporation has developed the quickest and easiest AOAC-validated test to definitively detect Campylobacter.

ANSR® for Campylobacter is the fifth test available for Neogen’s innovative ANSR pathogen detection system, and will provide results after only 18 minutes of reaction time following sample preparation. The new test joins Neogen’s line of ANSR products, which also includes […]

Report: Superbugs becoming even more antibiotic resistant

Superbug versions of foodborne pathogens have become more resistant to antibiotics in certain areas of the world than was previously thought—a new report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warns.

For example, Campylobacter, the most commonly reported cause of food poisoning in the EU, […]

USDA toughens poultry standards to prevent Salmonella

In a new attempt to make headway against Salmonella, one of the country’s biggest, and most intractable, food safety problems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new, stricter limit on the bacteria in poultry products.

This news comes at a fitting time as a recent report estimates that 1.3 billion chicken wings will […]

Is it safe to pucker up to your pooch?

As the clock strikes midnight couples everywhere pucker up for a kiss and ring in the new year with their lips locked. But for pet owners who also want to share the love with their four-legged friend, giving their animals a kiss, and letting them lick your face in return, has been cautioned by veterinarians […]