Trace minerals may help aflatoxin-exposed cows

Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxin created by mold growth on crops, is one of the most troublesome mycotoxins in the world. Its presence above safe levels in human food and animal feed is harmful to the health of those who consume it, and may be responsible for staggeringly high liver cancer rates in many African […]

Study on bacterial diversity in milk aims to improve food safety

Researchers at the University of California-Davis recently found that fresh (or raw) milk transported by tanker truck for processing shows “amazing bacterial diversity,” which even varies by season.

Reported in mBio, the researchers explained that while microbes with the potential to cause disease are destroyed during milk pasteurization, not all bacteria and their associated enzymes […]

Study finds new data on E. coli shedding in dairy cattle

A collaborative Michigan State University study involving microbiologists, epidemiologists, animal scientists, veterinarians, graduate students, undergraduates and farmers could lead to better prevention practices to limit dangerous Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria transmissions.

Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology, the study found that dairy cattle under stress from […]

GeneSeek now offers tests for MAP, which causes Johne’s disease

Neogen Corporation announced today the immediate availability of new tests to rapidly and accurately detect Mycobacterium avium ssp. paratuberculosis (MAP). MAP is known to cause Johne’s disease (a.k.a., paratuberculosis) — a contagious, fatal gastrointestinal disease of particular concern in dairy cattle.

Neogen’s new MAP tests are offered through the veterinary diagnostics laboratory of its GeneSeek® […]

Genomic testing options for replacement heifers

With the arrival of lower-cost genomic testing options, an increasing number of registered purebred and commercial producers are using these tools for routine sorting and selection applications.

While genomic testing costs have come down, they can still be substantial, and dairymen are searching for the most cost-effective applications of the technology. To address these issues, […]

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FDA Urged to Require Allergen Labeling for Sesame Seeds – Food Safety News As many as 500,000 Americans are estimated to be allergic to sesame seeds, but current rules on allergen labeling […]