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 […]

Good, clean water: What it can do for livestock

From feed to finishing, farmers and ranchers have mountains of factors to consider when raising their livestock to be healthy and productive. It’s an extensive job, to put it simply.

One aspect, however, which should not be overlooked is water quality.

When animals intake poor quality water, major problems can happen. Pathogens may be transferred […]

Allergen control plans in the food industry: Best practices

Neogen was the sponsor of the very successful Food Safety and Compliance track at this year’s Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Calif. One of the sessions given, “Allergen Control: The Business Case and Best Practices to Support Your Company,” was presented by Jenna Blumfield, senior food editor for New Hope Network and Neogen’s Market Development […]

Tips from a food industry veteran to minimize recall risk

The 2017 ProFood Tech trade show in Chicago saw a host of food industry experts who gathered to share a wealth of insight and wisdom with one another.

One such figure was Scott Hood, director of global safety and regulatory affairs at General Mills.

Hood spoke at a symposium during the show, where he addressed […]

Listeria monocytogenes poses unique challenges to food industry

An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) in the fresh produce industry has made headlines once again, this time with suspected contamination of bagged salad.

While the food industry has controls in place to combat L. monocytogenes just as they do for other foodborne pathogens, outbreaks occur. A recent article looks into the disease transmission […]

Neogen can help with new FSIS guidelines for food allergens

In an effort to reduce adverse reactions to food allergens, along with potential recalls, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently released new guidelines to assist meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers in properly managing ingredients that could trigger such problems.

The new FSIS guidelines, entitled, “FSIS Compliance Guidelines […]

FDA: First two FSMA rules finalized; aim to protect consumers

According to the FDA, the first two regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been finalized and aim to help make food safer for consumers. While the remaining five additional rules have yet to be finalized, the FDA says they will be released before the end of the year.

So, what do these […]

Sanitation and pest control for floor-mounted platform scales

Electronic scales are used throughout the food processing industry and in various steps in the production process to help ensure accuracy and safety of the final product. While they are crucial tools in the success of a company, they can also be difficult to clean, adding to a facility’s sanitation concerns.

For example, electronic scales […]

A Cleaning (or Two) a Day Keeps Listeria Away

Six tips for apple packers and processors to avoid Listeria contamination

Apple packers and processors are on high alert after recent news linking a Listeria outbreak to an apple facility in California. Seven people have died and 25 others became ill between October and December of last year, according to Reuters.

Listeria is a bacteria […]

Why do Americans refrigerate their eggs?

If you live in North America, you’re probably used to finding your eggs next to the milk in refrigerated containers and behind glass doors in the supermarket. But if you live in, or have ever traveled over to the United Kingdom (UK), you may be a little lost. Nestled somewhere in the aisles amongst other […]