Neogen acquires Italian food safety company

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 13, 2020 — Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has acquired Italy-based Diessechem S.R.L. — a distributor of food and feed safety diagnostics for the past 27 years.

With the acquisition, Diessechem’s operations will stay in Milan, and will be managed through Neogen’s European operations. Key Diessechem employees will be joining Neogen, ensuring a smooth transition and continued strong revenue growth.

“Italy has traditionally been a strong market for our food safety products, and we believe it continues to hold excellent growth opportunities for that segment, as well as our animal health, and genomic products and services,” said Dr. Steve Chambers, Neogen’s managing director for its European operations. “Our operations across the United Kingdom have allowed us to serve our direct customers and more than 30 distributors throughout the European Union with easily accessible inventory and increased support. Adding Diessechem’s distribution network in Italy to our European operations will further strengthen our presence in the EU. We have retained familiar sales and marketing staff to ensure consistency of service and support.”

“The acquisition of Diessechem adds significantly to our European operations as Italy becomes part of our direct sales coverage,” said James Herbert, Neogen’s chairman, who oversaw this transaction as his 48th and final acquisition. “Our United Kingdom-based organization now sells directly into the largest four European economies, as well as Netherlands and Ireland.” [ More … ]

Neogen launches first crossbred beef heterosis test

LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 7, 2020 — Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has released Igenity® + Envigor — the first and only genetic test in the beef industry that measures heterosis in crossbred cattle. In cattle, heterosis is the tendency of a crossbred calf to show traits superior to those of its parents.

“Envigor is an important release for us as it represents many years of research and planning to create a tool that helps commercial producers get the most out of their crossbreeding programs,” said Dr. Stewart Bauck, Neogen’s vice president of agrigenomics. “Igenity + Envigor will provide producers with an avenue to select better replacements and make genetic progress in traits of relevance to their operations.”

Envigor adds several new features to Neogen’s existing Igenity Beef platform. In addition to the 16 traits reported with Igenity Beef, Envigor provides an estimate of heterosis in crossbred cattle on a scale from one to 10. A higher score indicates increased heterosis.

“Envigor is based on characterizing genomic data of relevant U.S. breeds, with breed composition placed into a retained heterosis formula,” said Dr. Jamie Courter, Neogen’s beef product manager. “Good crossbreeding programs have proven that heterosis leads to increased fertility, lower cull rates, more pounds weaned per cow exposed and greater feed efficiency. Rather than replace an effective crossbreeding program on its own, Envigor will help ranch owners make more informed decisions.” [ More … ]

Tox Tuesday: Federal guidelines could set the stage for workplace oral fluid testing

In recent years, drug tests on oral fluid have been a major topic of discussion, especially in the realm of roadside testing. But their applications for workplace drug testing have too been important, and in the new year, the U.S. will see new regulations regarding their usage in federal workplaces, possibly setting the stage for other employers that wish to use the relatively new method.

A new rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs (OFMG) — takes effect January 1, 2020. The rule outlines important details regarding circumstances in which oral fluid may be collected, requirements for split-sample collection, updated oral fluid drug testing panels and requirements for collection devices.

Under what circumstances may oral fluid specimens be collected?

A federal agency can collect oral fluid specimens for the following reasons:

  • Federal agency applicant/pre-employment test
  • Random test
  • Reasonable suspicion/cause test
  • Post-accident test
  • Return-to-duty test
  • Follow-up test

How is each oral fluid specimen collected?

For federal workplace testing, oral fluid must be collected as a split specimen. The two specimens can be collected either simultaneously via a single device capable of storing two samples or serially using multiple devices. Read about the methods in detail in sections 2.5 and 8.8 of the document.

What volume of oral fluid should be collected? [ More … ]

Neogen launches K-Gold® Plus

LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 24, 2019 — Neogen announced today the launch of K-Gold® Plus, a new PNPP (p-nitrophenyl phosphate) substrate that combines the ease of use of its previous PNPP substrate with an improved signal-to-background performance. [ More … ]

Expert Q&A: Alltech’s John Winchell on mycotoxin management

More and more feed and animal producers are realizing the impact on cost of production that even low levels of mycotoxins can have, and what steps must be taken to increase grain value.

We’re pleased to share insights from a special expert guest this week — John Winchell, Alltech Territory Sales Manager, speaks on the impact that a solid mycotoxin management plan has on profitability in our latest Q&A video. [ More … ]

Neogen reports first quarter results

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that revenues for the first quarter of its 2020 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31, were $101,424,000, compared to the previous year’s first quarter revenues of $99,626,000.

The first quarter was the 110th of the past 115 quarters that Neogen reported revenue increases compared with the previous year — including all consecutive quarters in the last 14 years. [ More … ]

Neogen partners with IGS to enhance Igenity® Beef Profile

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) today announced that it has entered into a collaboration with International Genetic Solutions (IGS). The effort is focused on heightening genomic impact in the IGS platform, the only major multibreed beef genetic evaluation available, and at the same time greatly enhancing the research and development necessary to continue to improve Neogen’s Igenity® Beef Profile. [ More … ]

Food safety webinar preview: Listeria results in just one hour

Imagine a food processing plant. Operations grind to a halt — there’s been a positive Listeria result. The downtime will be costly, as the team launches into a time-consuming seek-and-destroy and vectoring plan. Each hour that ticks by is one hour of product shelf life.

The story is oft-told. And across the globe, the number of reported positive results and recalls due to Listeria has increased. Processors are in turn increasing their efforts to eradicate harborage sites — a survey conducted just last year by Food Safety Magazine indicated noted Listeria as the “fastest growing” category of environmental monitoring.

Increased testing requires increased testing speed. With conventional methods taking 48–72 hours to provide results, testing systems that offer answers quickly — as in, within a single shift — become key for facilities setting their sights on reduced downtime and greater efficiency in seeking and destroying.

Food safety professionals are invited to join Neogen for a free webinar demo of Listeria Right Now, the first environmental sanitation verification test for Listeria that provides results in under one hour. We’ll dive into a plant environment and show testing and cleaning on actual equipment, and how the AOAC-approved Listeria Right Now allows for near-immediate response for checking that the sanitation program in place is effective against the pathogen.

Test in 1 Hour with Listeria Right Now
Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 1 p.m. ET; 10 a.m. PT
Register here

Our guides will be Jennifer Evans, Neogen’s link to the produce industry, and our Director of Technical Services, Tony Lupo. They’ll walk us through the test process, which is enrichment-free and doesn’t require microbiological expertise.

“Learning the how is as important as learning the what,” Lupo said. “A webinar that provides a first-hand experience like this — it’s the best way to get a complete understanding of how real-time results can be used to drive food safety decision-making.” [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: Sep 9, 2019

Here is another week of Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report. This week’s episode includes more of Tony Lupo’s tech tips on standard deviations, new mycotoxin reports, corn development updates, and more! Watch the video here.

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Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report: Sep 3, 2019

This week, our post-Labor Day edition of Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin & Crop Report includes new reports of DON and fumonisin, corn development updates, and much more! Watch the video here. [ More … ]