Why ATP testing is not sufficient for allergen control programs

Testing for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an amazingly simple, cost-effective and efficient method of validating the effectiveness of a food manufacturer’s cleaning procedures.

But, using an ATP test for the purpose of detecting food allergens will yield unreliable results. Neogen food safety expert Andrew Ciavattone explains why.

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Tox Tuesday: W-18 and the war on opiates

Alarmed by the rising death toll from prescription painkillers and frustrated by a lack of federal action, some state lawmakers are beginning to take matters into their own hands by forming legislation that could change how prescription painkillers are prescribed in their states.

At the same time, however, a new opioid designer drug, known as […]

Tox Tuesday: Nicotine and the world of e-cigarettes

It has become a very ordinary occurrence to see people going about their daily lives while puffing on an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, and leaving behind clouds of near-odorless fog in their wake. When compared to traditional cigarettes, these devices do not contain tobacco and therefore have been marketed as “less addictive” or “less harmful” […]

Tox Tuesday: Nalbuphine

Prescribed by doctors for pain relief, usually after surgery or childbirth, nalbuphine, which is sold under trade names that include Nubain, is a semi-synthetic opioid drug that is often used in place of other powerful pain medication, such as morphine. While available by prescription only, reports of this drug being abused date back several decades […]

Tox Tuesday: Workplace drug testing

For the second consecutive year, data is showing that the percentage of American workers testing positive for illicit drugs—including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines—is on the rise and has increased from 4.3% in 2013 to 4.7% in 2014.

The data, complied by Quest Diagnostics, took into account 6.6 million urine drug tests and 1.1 million oral […]

Tox Tuesday: Virginia’s synthetic drug and heroin problem

Spreading like wildfire from state to state, officials from Virginia are the latest to report an uptick in use of synthetic drugs including synthetic marijuana and other synthetic stimulants like bath salts and gravel. Gravel, also called flakka, has appeared in the state previously, but according to a recent article, is rearing its ugly head […]