African swine fever hits entire Chinese mainland

China, a seeming ground zero for the ongoing African swine fever (ASF) epidemic, has now seen cases of the deadly porcine disease in all 31 of its mainland provinces, news that exacerbates the worries of producers around the world who are working to prevent the spread of the virus.

China produces roughly half (433 million […]

Outbreak alert: Listeria monocytogenes in deli meats and cheeses

Four U.S. states have been affected by an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes, a hardy foodborne pathogen that can survive in a variety of environments, making it challenging for food producers and processors to eradicate in their facilities.

The bacteria has sickened eight people in the ongoing outbreak, resulting in one death. The states impacted are […]

2020 Pet Census to reveal insights into U.S. pet population

There are censuses for people, and now, there are censuses for dogs and cats.

Wisdom Health announced this month its plans for a 2020 United States Pet Census, coinciding with the U.S. government’s census for the same year.

What kind of demographic data does a pet census seek out? Anything that can be used […]

Tox Tuesday: Rise of crack cocaine use in the U.K. harkens back to previous crises

Courtesy the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

Many people associate high usage of crack cocaine with the 1980s and 90s, when an epidemic swept the United States, devastating urban neighborhoods and ending more lives than can be easily calculated.

And although nowadays opioids have taken over as the class of drugs causing concern in much […]

Case study: Dairy processor improves quality with Neogen’s Soleris system

Neogen’s Soleris system is a rapid optical system for the detection of microbial contamination. It’s based on an innovative application of classic microbiology — the assay measures microbial growth by monitoring pH and other biochemical reactions that generate a color change. The results are monitored by the system, which provides an alert for samples that […]

Adulteration: DNA project reveals fishy nature of fish labeling

In a restaurant, it’s usually obvious when the server brings out the wrong order. Sometimes, however, it may require advanced DNA testing to even realize the order isn’t what you expected.

Dr. Jennifer McDonald, a biology professor at Fanshaw College in Ontario, Canada, directed her molecular biology students on a homework assignment that would […]

Neogen® Viroxide Super receives DEFRA Approval for Diseases of Poultry Order

ROCHDALE, United Kingdom, 11 April 2019 — Neogen announced today that the Neogen Viroxide Super product has received DEFRA approval for Diseases of Poultry (DoP) Order; and with General Orders also in place, the product also conforms to the disinfectant requirements for the British Lion Quality mark for egg production.

The continued investment in the […]

Snow and rain affects Midwest agriculture into spring

Farms in the U.S. Midwest that are already struggling with the effects of monumental flooding have been hit with an early-spring storm this week that certainly isn’t helping matters.

“It’s a terrible, terrible track in terms of its impact on the areas that have already seen terrible flooding back in March,” meteorologist Michael Palmerino told […]

Biosecurity: World Pork Expo 2019 canceled due to African swine fever risks

World Pork Expo is, as you might guess from the name, the world’s largest conference for the pork industry. Each year, it’s visited by about 20,000 swine producers, pork processors, veterinarians, animal researchers, regulatory authorities, bacon lovers and other industry stakeholders. The event is an opportunity for attendees to learn, network and enjoy prestigious swine […]

Food safety gains increasing clout on social media

The food safety community has spent much of the past few years discussing a perceived increase in foodborne illness outbreaks — and the actual increase in food recalls due to them. We know that the apparent increase is simply attributable to better reporting methods and technologies that make it easier to catch outbreaks and spread […]