Food safety: How to start environmental monitoring in restaurants and food service venues

Looking for how to get started with your environmental monitoring program in a restaurant or other food service venue?

The first step can be a risk assessment to guide you to the areas of highest risk at your site. Neogen has developed a guide on which test method is right for you or your supplier […]

Australian outbreak data shows Salmonella typhimurium is the biggest offender

The latest foodborne illness outbreak data is in from OzFoodNet, a tracking network organized by Australia’s Department of Health.

The report shows that in 2012, 2,117 people in Australia were affected by foodborne illness outbreaks, resulting in nine deaths and 183 hospitalizations. Exactly 144 outbreaks led to these numbers, 47 of them recorded in the […]

Who’s buying organic foods?

The year 2017 marked continued strength in the organic food market. According to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), U.S. sales surpassed $45 billion over the course of the year, more than doubling in size from a decade ago. OTA notes that the 2017 figures represent a 6.4% increase from the previous year — significant, considering […]

The latest on the big E. coli outbreak

It’s now safe to eat some romaine lettuce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says after last week’s recall of the product due to potential contamination with E. coli O157:H7.

As the investigation has continued, the FDA has found that the contaminated romaine comes from parts of California that grow romaine over the summer […]

FDA releases first results in 10-year study on food safety in restaurants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the middle of a 10-year-long study on food safety practices in the nation’s restaurants, including food preparation techniques and employee behaviors. Recently, the administration published results from its first year of data collection.

The study, which encompasses both fast food and sit-down restaurants, looks at how […]

Neogen introduces new handbook for environmental Listeria control

In consultation with industry experts, Neogen has published a new handbook — The Process Control for Listeria Handbook — to help facilities fortify their environmental monitoring programs.

The handbook reviews essential terms and concepts, a recent draft guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the seek-and-destroy approach to monitoring — as well […]

What’s the latest in Global Food Safety Initiative programs?

Much has been said about the similarities and differences between the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification programs, with many questioning how closely GFSI programs align with FSMA. Does having a GFSI certification mean a facility complies with the rules of FSMA?

The general consensus is that […]

Salmonella outbreaks increase in raw turkey; E. coli a threat to romaine lettuce

With Thanksgiving just around the corner in the U.S., consumers should be aware of the recent influx of Salmonella cases linked to raw turkey products.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 74 cases of salmonellosis (an infection with Salmonella) have been reported since the last update on July 19, 2018. […]

Neogen at the Great Lakes Expo

The Great Lakes Expo is a place for fruit, vegetable and greenhouse growers to convene, and Neogen will be there this year at booth #1318. Taking place at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan during December 4–6, the event features over 70 education sessions and workshops, with over 450 exhibitors.

Neogen will be showcasing:

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The latest Food Safety Modernization Act updates for global companies

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) may be a U.S.-based regulation, but it has enormous implications for suppliers overseas who might wish to do business with a U.S. company. Adherence to FSMA is mandatory to U.S. companies, yes, but it also applies to any non-U.S. company exporting food products to the U.S.

When it was […]