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, […]

Individually quick freezing and Listeria: What’s happening

Recalls of individually quick frozen foods (IQF) have been widespread recently throughout the U.S. and Canada after Listeria was found in a food production facility during a random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Over 24 IQF products shipped throughout the U.S. and Canada were recalled, including broccoli, cauliflower, stir fry medleys, and vegetable […]

Listeria in Polish salmon likely from environmental contamination

A listeriosis outbreak from contaminated salmon earlier this year has been identified as a probable case of environmental contamination, according to experts.

The implicated salmon was processed in Poland and sold primarily in Denmark, and Listeria monocytogenes from the same isolate as the Danish outbreak was later found at a French retailer. Genetically linked isolates […]

Listeria Right Now™: top questions about its technology

Neogen has received a lot of questions since introducing the Listeria Right Now™ system this past July at the International Association for Food Protection’s annual meeting. The system is an environmental Listeria test that features molecular-level accuracy with no need for enrichment. The total time to result? Under one hour.

We’ve seen many different ways […]

Vectoring — a formal approach to tracking the sources and flow of pathogens in a facility

Pathogenic bacteria can infiltrate a facility from several different sources, including the external environment, people, equipment and raw materials. Once inside, pathogens can become established in harborage areas and carried to food production surfaces through a vector. Liquids, air, people and physical objects, such as carts or tools, are common vectors for pathogen transmission. It’s […]

Neogen develops fastest Listeria test with no enrichment

Neogen Corporation has developed an innovative test that detects Listeria in environmental samples in under 60 minutes — without the need to enrich samples.

Neogen’s new Listeria Right Now™ test system can detect all species of Listeria, including the pathogenic L. monocytogenes, in under 60 minutes through their ribosomal RNA (rRNA). The system’s effectiveness has […]

Science: Gut bacteria may protect from Listeria

To food industry sanitation experts, there isn’t a term much scarier than “Listeria.” Especially lately, “Listeria monocytogenes.” Scores of recall notices hit the news on a regular basis.

The bacteria can cause severe illness in people who eat food contaminated with it, and causes great difficulties for food producers. It’s a hardy, adaptable organism that […]

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 […]