Study: Campylobacter found on 73% of UK Chicken

After a year-long program of testing fresh chickens at supermarkets and butchers in Europe, The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reporting that 73% of the poultry they tested was positive for Campylobacter, a potentially lethal foodborne pathogen.

A recent article reports that more than 4,000 samples of fresh, whole, chilled chickens were collected for testing […]

Tox Thursday: Spice-related illnesses, deaths continue to rise

Emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and calls to poison control centers have all drastically spiked this year as a more dangerous variation of the popular drug known as Spice, has found its way into several countries and even claimed the lives of some naive users. In fact, cases which involve Spice alone or in combination with […]

Infrared grain sorters to be utilized by Canadian feed mill

New infrared grain sorting technology will soon be utilized by one Canadian feed mill in an effort to remove grains infected with fusarium head blight, or ergot, from crops before they are made into animal feed.

As described in a recent article, this will increase the overall grade and quality of grains, which allows sales […]

Food safety reminders for your weekend BBQ

Picnic and barbecue season is upon us, which offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly which can lead to foodborne illness.

To protect yourself, your family and friends […]

New beef genomics program launched in Ireland

The Minister for Agriculture recently launched a new Beef Data and Genomics Program in Ireland which he says will deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the national herd, and improve its environmental and economic sustainability.

According to a recent article, Minister Coveney said improving the genetics of the national herd will enhance its carbon efficiency, and […]

Neogen launches lower cost Igenity dairy genomic tests

Neogen Corporation recently announced the availability of new genomic tests that offer commercial dairy producers essential information on the genetic potential of replacement dairy heifers — at a significantly lower cost. Merck Animal Health will market these new testing options as part of the strategic agreement between Merck and Neogen.

Neogen’s revised Igenity-Select and new […]

A Wheat Growers Perspective of DON

Deoxynivalenol (DON) outbreaks have a significant impact on farmers today and can be very challenging and complex to manage. To gain some insight on managing these outbreaks appropriately, Neogen recently talked with Laird Larson, a wheat farmer who provided his perspective from his 20 years of experience dealing with DON outbreaks.

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Study links asthma to peanut allergy

A new study suggests that children who have asthma may not realize they also have a peanut allergy, since symptoms for both conditions — including shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing — are so similar.

According to a recent article, the study looked at the records of 1,500 children from the pediatric respiratory clinic at […]

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Animal Science

How Researchers Judge Horses’ Temperaments – The Horse How do you describe a horse’s personality? How do you quantify it? Researchers have developed a new equine personality test that may help […]

Study shows importance of child-pet relationships

Featured on family holiday cards and pampered with special treats and their very own day-spas, it’s no question that our pets are much more than just pets, but are rather actual members of our families. The importance of this kind of relationship is examined in a new study showing kids in turmoil rely on their […]