Is the number of foodborne illness outbreaks actually increasing?

It seems that every week, as you surf the internet, you see more and more people sharing articles about the latest food that’s garnering fear at the supermarket. Foodborne illness outbreaks, and food recalls related to them, have been big news in recent years.

Part of the increased coverage is, of course, due to increased […]

Case study: Listeria Right Now lets health food producer bring testing in-house

After a Listeria incident within its facility, a New Zealand-based food producer was looking for a way to better detect Listeria within its environment.

The company, which produces healthy and convenient plant-based meals, chose Neogen’s Listeria Right Now environmental test as the best solution for its needs. Because it does not require an enrichment step, […]

Case study: Dip manufacturer reduces Listeria positive rates to under 0.5% using Listeria Right Now

Listeria, as one of the most dangerous foodborne pathogens, poses a risk to consumer health as well as a company’s brand. It’s one of the most persistent food safety concerns faced by the food manufacturing industry today. Because of the lethality of this pathogen, many companies hold product until traditional lab tests determine the product […]

Research: Indian food safety funding increases needed to save lives

As its middle class grows, India is increasingly working to improve the safety of its food supply. And while food companies take steps to implement and improve, for example, sanitation monitoring programs and similar measures, researchers are looking ahead to figure out how foodborne illnesses will impact the country’s future.

Using a macroeconomic computational model, […]

Top food safety violations of 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its inspection data for the 2017 fiscal year, which is a general overview of the violations the agency cited during routine food facility inspections. Now, a list of the most common food safety violations has been compiled.

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Largest recorded Listeria outbreak attributed to ready-to-eat meat

After months of investigation, the likely cause of the world’s largest-ever recorded Listeria outbreak has been narrowed down: ready-to-eat processed meat.

The South African outbreak has been ongoing since early 2017, with nearly 1,000 reported cases of listeriosis — 183 resulting in the deaths of infected persons, 79 of which were just babies.

This week, […]

Time, cost-saving advice for commercial microbiology labs

Since the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, food manufacturers have drastically increased the amount of testing they do to comply with the more stringent rules and regulations. It’s no surprise that manufacturers have increased testing, since it’s one way to keep consumers safe from unintended allergen and foodborne pathogen contamination.

What often goes […]

The lowdown on environmental risk assessments

The environmental risk assessment is getting a lot of buzz in the food and agriculture industries. What is it, though?

“An environmental risk assessment is, in general terms, an evaluation of a food storage, processing or packaging environment to pinpoint any areas where there may be a risk to food safety,” said Neogen’s Matthew Sawyer. […]

Foodborne illness spreads at site of Winter Olympics

Just before the Winter Olympic Games are set to begin in PyeongChang, South Korea, a norovirus outbreak has struck the area, with 86 cases confirmed so far.

The Korean Centre for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the number on Wednesday, after previously reporting 32 cases on Tuesday.

“The peak season for norovirus is January and […]

Winging it for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday, the day of the annual championship game of the National Football League, may as well be a national holiday with the number of people who gather to celebrate football — and watch the famously funny and/or tear-jerking television ads that air during the game.

Chicken wings are the top menu item for […]