Safety in numbers: An ode to proper food handling for group meals

Spring is in full swing (allegedly) and summer is on its way, with family reunions, neighborhood barbecues and holiday celebrations on the horizon.

What’s the common denominator between all of these things? Food. And lots of it.

The importance of proper food handling techniques cannot be overstated when preparing food for groups. Here are some […]

Scientists study microbiomes on fresh produce

There’s more to your salad than meets the eye.

Researchers at the University of Colorado delved into the world of the communities of microorganisms that reside on fresh foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to find out what’s actually there. Often, research focuses only on pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli and Salmonella, as these […]

Report: Foodborne illness drops by almost half in decade

Foodborne illness outbreaks fell by more than 40 percent from 2001 to 2010, according to a study released this week.

Much of the decrease can be attributed to improved food safety practices, including the implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans. However, the trend may also reflect foodborne illnesses being underreported, as […]

Porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC): What is it and how do we prevent it?

Dr. Pablo Moreno

Professional services veterinarian


A good biosecurity program is essential for the improvement and maintenance of the genetic potential and productivity of farm animals.

Disease outbreaks on farms affect productivity in numerous undesirable ways, such as reducing productivity, increasing mortality and reducing daily gain. Not only does this affect […]

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Answers to your top 10 FSMA questions of 2013 – Leavitt Partners blog

From environmental monitoring to supplier verification, Leavitt Partners presents the answers to some of the biggest […]

NOAA: Spring holds little reprieve from drought

Courtesy of NOAA.

Spring has sprung.

Well, officially anyway. Although Wednesday marked the first day of spring, it was difficult to tell as much of the Northeast got slapped with a snowstorm.

Unfortunately, despite the snow, the odds of last summer’s drought continuing into spring are high, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and […]

Hero dog from the Philippines expected to return home soon

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It’s been a long road for Kabang.

The dog, who lost her upper snout and jaw after she threw herself into a motorcycle to save two young girls, underwent her first facial reconstructive surgery earlier this month. If her recovery goes well, she is slated to return home to the […]

Study: Nut allergic airline passengers take range of precautions

To someone with peanut allergies, the staple in-flight snack many airlines offer could be cause for serious concern.

Although the debate is ongoing about how peanut and tree nut allergic people could be affected by peanut or tree nut dust on airplanes derived from their neighbors’ snacks, many with allergies take a proactive route.

In […]

Happy National Agriculture Day!

Each us is touched by agriculture in some way every day, from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the fuel we use to power our vehicles.

Today marks National Agriculture Day, which is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about what agriculture is and how it impacts everyone. It falls during National […]

Libya methanol poisoning outbreak death toll climbs

The number of people in Libya who have died from drinking alcohol contaminated with methanol has hit 87, the Associated Press reports.

The outbreak, which first was reported a week ago, has injured more than 1,000 people, Libya’s Health Minister has said. Additionally, 15 people have been blinded and others have suffered kidney failure or […]