Listeria sickens more than 550, leaves 36 dead in South Africa

A major outbreak of listeriosis has sickened more than 550 people in South Africa, with a reported 36 deaths due to the illness.

The large outbreak is highly unusual for the country. In a typical year, South Africa records just 60–80 cases of listeriosis. Authorities are currently investigating the source of this outbreak, which has […]

Nearly 100 salmonellosis cases linked to European eggs

It’s been a tough year for European egg shoppers. Millions of eggs were recalled in several countries after the harmful insecticide fipronil was discovered after the eggs were widely distributed to supermarkets. Seven countries have also reported salmonellosis outbreaks stemming from eggs.

At least 96 cases have recently been reported from Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the […]

The advantages of metagenomics over genome sequencing

Earlier this week, Neogen’s own Joe Heinzelmann was a special guest on Food Safety Magazine’s podcast, “Food Safety Matters.”

Heinzelmann dropped by to talk about metagenomics, next generation sequencing (NGS) and whole genome sequencing (WGS). This technology can help the food processing industry detect spoilage organisms within facilities, eliminate them, and reduce the possibility of […]

FDA’s GenomeTrakr supports food safety around the globe

There’s Twitter. Uber. Venmo. Facebook. The World Wide Web has brought us no shortage of apps, websites and networks with trendy names and useful functions. For the food industry, now there’s GenomeTrakr.

GenomeTrakr is a network of more than 60 laboratories across the world working in conjunction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). […]

Whole genome sequencing used to investigate Salmonella outbreak

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently released a report on a 2016 Salmonella outbreak, identifying it to the public for the first time.

More than 30 people across nine U.S. states were sickened. Eight of those people were hospitalized, with victims spreading from Texas […]

Science: Salmonella serotyping using next-generation sequencing

Recently, there has been a lot of attention around next-generation sequencing—whole genome sequencing (WGS) in particular—for outbreak investigations. Neogen has posted a few articles on our blog and foodsafetytech.com to help articulate the applications of whole genome sequencing.

While whole genome sequencing is being used as a replacement for pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), some companies […]

Foodborne illness outbreaks grow as imported food increases

As the proportion of U.S. food imported from other countries increases, a recent analysis found the number of foodborne illness outbreaks associated with imported foods has also increased.

The study, “Outbreaks of Disease Associated with Food Imported into the United States, 1996-2014,” found that 19% of food consumed by Americans is now imported, including 97% […]

Neogen brings innovative seminars; products to IPPE 2017

This year’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is gearing up to be a great event! Each year the show continues to grow and brings new value and innovation to the poultry, meat and feed industries.

Neogen supports this innovation through our new products and a free Raised Without Antibiotics seminar, which will be held […]

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Top 10 food safety myths discussed during National Food Safety Month – High Plains Journal September is National Food Safety Month. About one in six Americans will get a foodborne illness […]

Monday links

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Growers eye FDA’s Produce Safety Rule from ground level – Food Safety News The fresh produce industry is watching closely as enforceable requirements in the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule gradually come […]