Food safety when the power goes out: Winter edition

Heavy storms can cause power outages no matter the season. When summer heat is in full force, torrential rainstorms can knock out power lines like they were nothing, just as rapidly accumulating snow and ice can do the same in winter.

Winter power outages come with their own unique challenges, however. When heavy snow and […]

Neogen’s Jim Topper hosts Food Safety Friday webinar for International Food Safety & Quality Network

Environmental monitoring programs are more important than ever for the food and beverage industries. A robust program that uses adenosine triphosphate (ATP) verification monitoring can protect companies from outbreaks, recalls and the costs that come with them.

Neogen’s Jim Topper will present on the topic of establishing effective ATP sanitation verification programs on this week’s […]

Before your holiday vacation, remember to clean the office fridge

Of course you clean your fridge — who doesn’t? You regularly wipe down surfaces and throw out old food. But what about the office fridge?

It’s easy to neglect the office fridge. It doesn’t really belong to anybody, so who should be responsible for cleaning it? But the office fridge is just as likely to […]

Blockchain: Cryptocurrency’s tech could optimize food safety in a globalized food chain

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that has seen an exponential soar in price over the last 30 days, pushing its underlying technology further into the mainstream. The technology, which supports Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like it, is called blockchain, and it could revolutionize food chain traceability in the coming years.

According to The Economist, “(Blockchain) in […]

How your Christmas ham makes it from the farm to your table

The Christmas ham is a tradition that stretches back centuries — in fact, enjoying a ham dinner on wintry special occasions has been popular in Europe before Christmas was even celebrated there. And while any cook — from the pro to the at-home kitchen wizard — needs to keep food safety in mind while cooking […]

Holiday season brings increased risk of food poisoning

It’s time for the holidays, and you know what that means — an increase in outbreaks of the pathogenic bacteria Clostridium perfringens!

Okay, maybe you didn’t know that. Well, so that you do know, C. perfringens is a strain of bacteria associated with cooked foods left out at room temperature. According to the U.S. Centers […]

Neogen at SQF Information Day

This week, Neogen’s Jim Topper presented at the SQF Information Day during this year’s Food Safety Consortium. The event, a gathering for food industry professionals from every link of the supply chain, is an opportunity to share the advantages of third-party certifications in food safety and quality.

In his presentation, Topper shared material from Neogen’s […]

Nanoengineering to eliminate biofilms

Ever heard of biofilms? They sound a lot more complicated than they really are: surface-coating layers of polymeric extracellular secretions and microorganisms that accumulate on a matrix over time.

Here it is in simpler terms: Biofilms are layers of grime that gather on a surface, leading to corrosion and making it harder to effectively clean […]

Bond, James Bond, and Food Defense

Most people would agree that British author Ian Fleming was a great writer, but few would probably expect his work to touch on protecting the food supply.

In the tenth book of his James Bond series, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Fleming has secret agent James Bond addressing Food Defense — one of three “Food”-based […]

As ocean temps rise, so does risk for shellfish poisoning

It’s not unusual for people to have shellfish allergies, but even non-allergic people can get sick from eating shellfish, thanks to contamination that occurs when the filter-feeding sea creatures take in toxins in warm ocean waters. Now, research is showing that the algae and bacteria that cause these toxins are becoming more prevalent as sea […]