Regulatory guidance for Listeria reflects healthy attitude shift

Research has made it clear in recent years that, above many other food safety practices, monitoring the food production environment in a “seek and destroy” approach is the best way to tackle Listeria contamination threats.

In fact, Food Safety Magazine found in a wide-reaching survey that environmental monitoring for Listeria is the “fastest growing […]

Plants can smell? New research shows how it works

Who needs a nose, anyway? Research nearly 20 years in the making from the University of Tokyo shows for the first time how plants can “smell” using odor receptors that function on a molecular level.

The project, begun in 2000, shows that there is a molecular basis to odor detection in plants. It works like […]

Recall alert: Routine sampling leads to Listeria recalls of fruit in the U.S.

Fruit products originally sourced from Chile, and processed in a New York facility, have been recalled in the U.S.

The recalls include thousands of cartons of nectarines, peaches and plums after routine sampling by the New York facility found Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) contamination in finished product. The products were to be sold in major […]

Adent completes transition as Neogen’s CEO

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 29, 2019 — Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its transition of the responsibilities from James Herbert to John Adent as the company’s chief executive officer is now complete. Herbert will continue to serve as chairman of Neogen’s Board of Directors, and as the company’s director of strategic growth under […]

In a social media era, brand protection starts with food safety

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” This quote from business magnate Warren Buffett, adorning the cubicle walls of public relations and communications experts everywhere, should also hold a place in the heart of food safety managers. In an era of rapidly spreading information, food safety incidents […]

New study discourages octopus farming

Old MacDonald had an… octopus?

Though we’ve long since established fisheries and shellfish farms, octopus farms are still something new. Commercial octopus farming is only in its developmental stage in a few countries around the world. One Japanese company says its first fully-farmed octopi might reach the market in 2020, and other institutions are working […]

Gene-edited chickens may help limit bird flu

When avian influenza, or bird flu, strikes, it can be hazardous to human health and potentially devastating for the poultry industry.

Unlike some animal diseases, some strains of bird flu can affect humans, and over the years numerous high-profile outbreaks have garnered attention to these viruses. And every time there’s a reported case, poultry producers […]

Vehicle biosecurity in poultry production

This post is written by Neogen vet Nick Wagner, DVM.

Implementing a biosecurity program that will protect a poultry flock requires both a dedicated mindset and a very thorough set of procedures to achieve the ultimate goal of protection from infectious disease. Vehicle biosecurity is a key component of these multifaceted programs. Vehicle biosecurity […]

Tox Tuesday: The advantages of ELISA drug testing

The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA; pronounced like the name “Eliza”) is a testing technique used to detect and measure substances in biological samples. It’s been one of the most trusted testing methods for nearly half a century and is popular in many fields, for everything from food allergen detection to medical screening for various illnesses. […]

Response to Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in frozen vegetables from Hungary

This article comes from Neogen Europe’s Microbiology Insider newsletter, a resource for the latest developments and news in microbiology testing and related technology. See here to read the rest of the latest issue of Microbiology Insider.

Last year, it was announced that frozen corn was the likely source of a widespread Listeria monocytogenes outbreak […]