Germany faces largest E. coli outbreak since 2011

Since December, Germany has been up against its largest E. coli O157 outbreak in years. At least 30 people have become sick, resulting in the loss of one life.

The culprit? It’s believed to be ground or minced meat being sold at multiple stores within the country.

“Based on the investigations to date, we suspect […]

Foodborne illness: Common causes, signs and symptoms

When you are experiencing the extreme unpleasantness of foodborne illness, it may be difficult to discern the subtle differences between the signs and symptoms of the various causes of the illness.

But, the various causes of foodborne illness have drastically different short- and long-term health implications, from illnesses with relatively short durations and mild symptoms, […]

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 […]

Keep your love alive and the foodborne pathogens dead!

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love that for many involves cooking a special meal or venturing out for a romantic dinner. Treating your loved one to oysters, for example, has long been associated with romance and they are often found on restaurant menus this time of year.

However, before you indulge, it’s important to […]

E. coli O26 increasingly identified in food recalls

E. coli

When it comes to E. coli, most people are familiar with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157:H7, also known as simply, E. coli O157:H7. This strain of E. coli has most commonly shown up in food recalls and is known for its severe consequences once contracted through contaminated food or water.

Recently, […]

A bad apple a day won’t keep the doctor away

Although it may seem like fall could be actually be called pumpkin spice season, this time of year is also known for apple harvest and when apple cider pops up in grocery stores and farmers markets.

While delicious, both apples and unpasteurized apple cider can cause food safety concerns if not processed correctly. For example, […]

Flour’s food safety battle

Around the world, wheat is one of the most important crops to many human civilizations. It can also be vital to animals and insects who seize the opportunity to dine on wheat, whether growing in fields or temporarily stored outside after harvest.

But as a recent article explains, wheat is one staple crop that is […]

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 […]

The role of pathogen testing in an environmental monitoring program

Listeria

The main underlying aspect of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is changing the focus of food safety from a reactionary stance to one that is preventive. A key component of preventive controls is monitoring and cleaning the environment in which food is produced and processed.

Neogen’s extensive line of industry leading diagnostics […]

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 […]