Fridge vs. no fridge, part 1: Milk

You can tell a lot about somebody based on what they do with their milk when they get home from the supermarket.

It may seem like a strange detail, but in different countries, unopened milk either does or does not need to be kept cold. So if you know whether a person zips home from […]

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 […]

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:

Seaweed can improve piglet health — All About Feed With a naïve immune system, nursing piglets are prone to intestinal disorders that result in diarrhea. Unfortunately, with the increasing incidence of […]

Science: Whole milk likely healthier than skim milk

What seems like a no-brainer to most of us is now being refuted by those a bit brainier.

Most of us who drink milk have routinely skipped whole milk for the far less delicious reduced fat options in the belief that the extra fat and calories in whole milk must be less healthy for us. […]

Yeast and mold in yogurt: Five facts everyone should know

Nothing is more off-putting than opening up a container of yogurt and much to your surprise, seeing that mold has taken over the surface. Or, even worse, taking a taste of yogurt that looks fine and immediately realizing it is past its prime.

This type of yeast and mold contamination is a leading cause of […]

Here are your Tuesday links

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

Animal safety

Cattle Outlook: Empty Freezers – Ag Web

The USDA Cold Storage report released last Friday showed that total stocks of beef, pork, chicken and turkey in U.S. freezers at […]

New studies point to why and how of food allergies

Food allergies are on the rise—and quickly. In recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy rates in children younger than 18 grew about 18% between 1997 and 2007. Many of these food allergies can be narrowed down to a few types of food (peanuts, eggs, milk, tree nuts, wheat, […]

Top 30 facts of ice cream

July is celebrated as National Ice Cream Month across the United States. Apart from enjoying the creamy delicacy all month (and year) long, Neogen has been doing a daily ice cream fact of the day for this celebrated holiday. In honor of all the ice cream cones, sundaes and cakes out there in the world, […]

Frozen treats that don’t lead to “we all scream” on the scale

Ice cream is one of the best summer treats around, there’s no denying that. But with an ingredient list that includes cream and sugar, it isn’t exactly the healthiest treat. So where is one supposed to turn when looking for a delicacy in the hot summer months that won’t ruin your diet?

There’s actually a […]

FDA proposes changes to nutrition labels

Twenty years after it was first introduced, the Nutrition Facts label may be receiving a makeover. The changes, proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), aim to update serving size and labeling requirements, implement a new design and stimulate the ultimate goal of better understanding of nutrition science.

There are several key changes to […]