Outbreak alert: Listeria in frozen vegetables in Australia and New Zealand

First it happened in Europe, and then in the land down under.

Like the United Kingdom did last month, Australia and New Zealand have recalled a wide amount of frozen vegetable products due to concerns of Listeria contamination — specifically Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall involves the same supplier as the overseas recall, […]

Neogen acquires Australian animal genomics laboratory

Neogen announced today that it has acquired the assets of The University of Queensland Animal Genetics Laboratory (AGL) — the leading animal genomics laboratory in Australia, a country with large cattle and sheep markets.

The acquisition of AGL is intended to help accelerate the growth of Neogen’s animal genomics business in Australia, New Zealand and […]

World watches after New Zealand passes landmark drug bill

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

New Zealand officials hope a new law will help better regulate designer drugs.

The Psychoactive Substances Bill, which was passed last month, restricts the sale of drugs that don’t meet safety requirements while also prohibiting the sale of unregulated psychoactive substances until they’ve been approved. The bill […]

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FDA enlists NC State to chart transmission routes for Salmonella – Food Safety News

The team will look at routes of transmission for Salmonella, in particular Salmonella Enteritidis, in […]

New Zealand may allow some designer drugs

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Producers of designer drugs in New Zealand may soon be able to legally sell their wares – if they can prove they have a “low risk of harm”.

The law, which was recommended for passage last week, would affect drugs often referred to as “legal highs”, because […]

U.S., New Zealand have “comparable” food safety structures

For the first time, the U.S. government has recognized another nation’s food safety system as comparable to its own.

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries signed an agreement, acknowledging that the two nations had comparable food safety systems. The agreement was the result of series […]