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Did mycotoxins cause the Salem witch trials?

It’s funny how a bit of drama from over 300 years ago can remain a hot topic centuries later.

If you grew up in the U.S., you probably learned about the Salem witch trials of 1692, when over 200 people around the colonial Massachusetts town of Salem were accused of witchcraft and 19 were hanged.

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Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report for October 29, 2018

Happy almost Halloween! The spooky edition of our Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report features best practice tips for corn harvest from milling and grain expert Pat Frasco.

Neogen Corporation takes great care to ensure the integrity of the data we collect from many sources across the country. As these data can vary widely, they […]

Alternative Halloween ideas: Visiting the spooky ice cream ‘Flavor Graveyard’

If the haunted Halloween corn maze on the outside of town is too spooky for your liking, never fear — one ice cream company has an alternative tour that’s perfect for the faint of heart, or at the very least the sweet-toothed.

Ben & Jerry’s, an American company known for its wide array of ice […]

Top pumpkin facts for the Halloween season

Is there any fruit, vegetable or otherwise food-related object that better sums up the autumn season than the pumpkin? (Answer: no, there isn’t.) As the weather grows colder and the days shorter, we eat pumpkins in delicious pies and snack on their seeds, we cook them into warm and toasty soups, and we even carve […]

Science experiment Friday: Test your leftover Halloween candy

Halloween has come and gone, but for some, piles of candy remain. Some options include eating it all and risk a serious sugar coma, or you could get seriously creative with some candy-themed science.

A recent article asked employees at various science museums what experiments they like to do with leftover candy and here is […]

5 tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween

While my dogs might say the biggest Halloween hazard they face is the embarrassment of another costume, the truth is that our favorite fright night is filled with potential danger for pets. Here are 5 tips to follow so your furry friends have a safe and happy Halloween.

Beware of xylitol. The obvious concern is […]

Tox Tuesday: Tainted Halloween candy

Dating back for decades there have been several scary stories in the news regarding drug-tainted Halloween candy including everything from razor blades and needles stuck into apples, to marijuana infused candies and even homemade drug mixtures disguised as sweet treats. Striking fear in parents around the world, police departments and news outlets have continuously issued […]

Mother Nature punks pumpkin supply

With Halloween just days away, crowds are flocking to farms around the nation to pick out their own pumpkins or soon to be jack-o’-lanterns. But this year, challenging weather conditions have cut the supply of pumpkins — not only for recreational carving but for the canned pumpkin puree market as well.

As explained in a […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the interwebs for all of the big news stories? No worries — we have you covered in this edition of Monday links!

Animal Safety

Manure fertilizer contributes to resistant bacteria – All About Feed Treating dairy cows and other farm animals with antibiotics and then laying their manure in soil […]

Howl-een (and meow-ween) Safety

For owners of scaredy cats and dare-devil dogs, Halloween can be a tricky holiday. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a few tips and tricks to keep our furry friends safe on the 31st.

1. Keep pets away from candy. All types of chocolate are harmful […]