Neogen and Michigan State partner for innovation and food safety

In May 2017, Michigan State University broke ground for the Food Processing and Innovation Center (FPIC), an innovative and regulatory compliant commercial food development, processing, packaging and research facility. It was established to create a supportive environment to accelerate and mitigate risk for new product and process development for the food and agricultural industry. With […]

Study: Almost 8% of U.S. children have food allergies

It’s long been understood that, in the developed world, the number of children with food allergies has been increasing. Now a recent study confirms that in the U.S., approximately 8% of kids have food allergies — a total of more than 5.6 million children.

“Childhood food allergy is a serious issue in the U.S.,” said […]

Listeria Right Now™ AOAC-certified for additional surfaces

Neogen’s one-hour Listeria Right Now™ environmental pathogen detection system has been certified by the AOAC for use with samples on three additional surfaces.

Listeria Right Now achieved its original AOAC approval (license number #081802) in August for use with samples obtained from stainless steel and sealed concrete surfaces. The test kit has now also been […]

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 […]