Romaine lettuce investigated in E. coli outbreak

You may be seeing romaine lettuce in the news a lot lately, the suspected culprit in a foodborne illness outbreak that has affected at least 57 people in the U.S. and Canada. But despite the headlines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s too soon to pinpoint a single cause.

Even […]

Study: Some E. coli found to survive high cooking temperatures

With barbecue season in full swing, there may now be a reason to turn up the heat on your grill.

A group of researchers from the University of Alberta and China’s Huazhong Agricultural University found that cooking ground beef at the 160°F (71°C) temperature recommended by government officials in the U.S. and Canada, may not […]

FSIS releases mechanically tenderized beef labeling rule

Just in time for the summer grilling season, new labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef roasts and steaks went into effect earlier this week and aim to make meat prepared in this fashion safer for consumers to eat.

Under this rule, these products (about 6.2 billion servings annually) must bear labels that state that they […]

Neogen’s ANSR for E. coli O157:H7 receives AOAC approval

Neogen has received approval from the AOAC Research Institute for its new rapid and accurate test to definitively detect E. coli O157:H7 DNA.

Neogen’s newly approved ANSR® for E. coli O157:H7 detects the bacteria after only 10 minutes of reaction time following sample preparation. Neogen’s ANSR is an isothermal amplification reaction test method that exponentially […]

Neogen launches ANSR for E. coli O157:H7

Neogen Corporation has developed the quickest and easiest test to definitively detect E. coli O157:H7.

ANSR® for E. coli O157:H7 is the fourth test available for Neogen’s innovative ANSR pathogen detection system, and will provide results after only 10 minutes of reaction time following sample preparation. The new test joins Neogen’s line of ANSR products, […]

New system detects active Shiga toxin

Scientists at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Western Regional Research Center have come up with a new way to detect biologically active Shiga toxin, a product of pathogenic Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7, through the use of a camera and a light-emitting source that biologically determines the active toxin.

Affordable, sensitive devices like this are needed to […]

E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria

E. coli

It has long been somewhat of a mystery why some people get extremely sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E. coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Researchers from Penn State University recently concluded a four-year study on this matter and believe […]

Think E.coli only exists in beef? Think again

E.coli

New research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that Escherichia coli O157:H7 has caused more outbreaks in the U.S. from 2003 through 2012 than during the previous 20 years and that beef—often thought of as the main culprit of infection— was only related with 20% of the outbreaks associated with […]

Are raw meat-based diets right for your cats and dogs?

In recent years raw meat-based diets (RMBD) for pets have increased in popularity due to nutritional and health benefit claims from some pet owners. While The American Animal Hospital Association and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have recently adopted statements discouraging this type of diet, there previously has been very little published data that would […]

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Fewer heifers in feedyards – Drovers Cattle Network

While the latest U.S. Cattle on Feed report showed total inventory in U.S. feedlots with capacity for 1,000 or more head […]