Food safety at every step of the supply chain

Being at the top of the food chain is one thing. Being at the top of the food safety supply chain is another. It can be a precarious position to be in.

As any food industry professional knows, food safety can’t be guaranteed just because the practices used within one company’s facilities are spot-on. Top-notch […]

Say ‘I do’ to safe wedding food

Brides and grooms face a lot of pressure to make their wedding days perfect. But let’s face it, sometimes things go wrong. The best man faints during the vows. Aunt Maria gets a lipstick stain on the bride’s white dress during the post-ceremony hug. Uncle Dan splits his pants on the dance floor during the […]

Mycotoxins for dummies, part 1: What are they, and how do we test for them?

The discovery of the mycotoxin aflatoxin in the 1960s led to a boom in scientific and regulatory interest in mycotoxins. When it was found that aflatoxins can be carcinogenic in animals, an urgent need was sparked to facilitate a greater regulation of mycotoxins in food commodities.

But what are mycotoxins?

“Mycotoxins are the toxins produced […]

Convenient meals, inconvenient pathogens?

Wouldn’t it be nice to never step foot in a grocery store again? No more navigating a cart bumper car-style down overwhelming aisles teeming with more products — and more decisions — than you can shake a stick at.

Trendy home-delivery meal kits attempt to provide a solution to grocery store haters. The idea is, […]

Allergen control plans in the food industry: Best practices

Neogen was the sponsor of the very successful Food Safety and Compliance track at this year’s Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Calif. One of the sessions given, “Allergen Control: The Business Case and Best Practices to Support Your Company,” was presented by Jenna Blumfield, senior food editor for New Hope Network and Neogen’s Market Development […]

New app seeks to help food allergic dine out safely

Those with food allergies know just how dangerous dining out can be.

At home, food allergic consumers can carefully choose everything that goes into and touches their food — down to the last spice used, and choice of cooking oil and utensils. At a restaurant, the food allergic have to trust that their food was […]

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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Wednesday Links

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

Animal Science

Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination – Science Daily

With honeybee colony health wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways of pollinating plants in the future, a new Georgia […]

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 […]

Study: 72% of those claiming a food allergy are wrong

Sometimes it is just better to be wrong.

A recent study investigated whether more than 2,000 people who claimed to have a food allergy actually had a food allergy. The result? Only approximately 28% of those claiming a food allergy were actually allergic to food.

In an article discussing the study, the study’s authors said […]