Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Poultry Farm Sets up Lasers to Guard its Organic Hens from Bird Flu — The Poultry Site An organic egg farm in England has set up a novel method of protecting […]

Monday Links

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

How some chickens got striped feathers – Science Daily Birds show an amazing diversity in plumage color and patterning. But what are the genetic mechanisms creating such patterns? Researchers now report that two […]

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 […]

Undeclared allergens top 2016 food recall list

The numbers are in and the total amount of food recalls in 2016 in the U.S. and Canada was 764 — a 22% increase compared to the previous year. Undeclared allergens once again topped the food recall list, attributing to more food recalls than any other form of contamination.

Based on notices issued by […]

Avocado seeds and the fight against Listeria

If there’s one thing we know about consumer preferences it’s that we want it all — food that tastes good while still being good for us, available at a low or reasonable cost, and of course easy to find, prepare and/or eat. For many, a major part of food that is deemed healthy are options […]

Sprouts may be small but pack a big foodborne illness punch

A new report is showing just how dangerous eating raw sprouts can be. Over the past two decades, researchers found various kinds of sprouts were responsible for sickening more than 2,500 people, sending 186 to the hospital and causing three deaths.

“Sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern,” the researchers from the […]

Flour’s food safety battle

Around the world, wheat is one of the most important crops to many human civilizations. It can also be vital to animals and insects who seize the opportunity to dine on wheat, whether growing in fields or temporarily stored outside after harvest.

But as a recent article explains, wheat is one staple crop that is […]

The role of pathogen testing in an environmental monitoring program

Listeria

The main underlying aspect of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is changing the focus of food safety from a reactionary stance to one that is preventive. A key component of preventive controls is monitoring and cleaning the environment in which food is produced and processed.

Neogen’s extensive line of industry leading diagnostics […]

Infographic: Hot dogs and food safety

Recent recall results in frozen food fears

Listeria

The frozen food section has been hit once again with a large recall of more than 350 frozen fruits and vegetables including green beans, broccoli, peas and blueberries sold under 42 brands at several different grocers in the U.S and Canada. Announced last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]