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Scottish authorities detect ‘red alert’ levels of shellfish toxins

Reports of shellfish toxins have been increasing in and around Scotland recently — in particular, the toxins that cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) and paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).

These reports have strong implications for the shellfish industry in the area. Harvesters are limited in where they operate, and much of the industry is increasing testing […]

Study recommends Neogen’s Reveal® for PSP for regulatory use

A comprehensive study has demonstrated an equivalence of Neogen’s lateral flow ELISA to detect the toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) with standard test protocols, and recommended Neogen’s rapid test for regulatory use for testing oysters. The collaborative study was led by Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and South Australian Research and […]

Researchers seek ways to decrease algal blooms from phosphorous runoff

Previously on the Neogen blog, we’ve written about how rising ocean temperatures are worsening the risk of shellfish poisoning due to the increasing presence of toxic algal blooms that thrive in warm waters.

Today we’re taking a look at another contributing factor to these algal blooms: phosphorus runoff.

First off: What is phosphorus runoff, and […]

As ocean temps rise, so does risk for shellfish poisoning

It’s not unusual for people to have shellfish allergies, but even non-allergic people can get sick from eating shellfish, thanks to contamination that occurs when the filter-feeding sea creatures take in toxins in warm ocean waters. Now, research is showing that the algae and bacteria that cause these toxins are becoming more prevalent as sea […]

Welcome back to work with the Monday links

Recovering from the holidays and don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

2013 was a big year for FDA – Food Safety News

From Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules to a slew of reports, […]

Unraveling acronyms: What are ASP, DSP and PSP?

Whether it’s ASP, DSP or PSP, it all comes down to shellfish and biotoxins.

Shellfish poisoning can occur when shellfish contaminated with any of a number of marine toxins are consumed. The individual toxins can lead to a range of conditions and symptoms.

It’s important to remember the algae that produce these toxins are usually […]

Robotic sensor used to search for harmful algae, pathogens

There are some pretty cool things beneath the waters of Puget Sound – fish, shellfish, robots.

Yes, robots, and they’re doing an important job. This summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) deployed a robotic sensor called the environmental sample processor (ESP) to detect the presence of algal blooms […]

Catching up on the news with the Monday links

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

Food safety

FDA seeks comments on IFT report on product tracing pilots – CFSAN constituent update

Comments on the study, which investigated ways to effectively and quickly track food, are due […]

Monday links: ANSR, paralytic shellfish poisoning and cattle genetics

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

Corporate

Neogen launches ANSRTM for Listeria – Neogen

ANSR for Listeria is the newest test for our revolutionary molecular pathogen platform. The new test can definitively detect Listeria spp. after only […]