Third annual Neogen 5K breaks previous records

The numbers are in — the third annual Neogen 5K, which took place May 11 in Lansing, Michigan and raises money for the Herbert-Herman Cancer Center, has smashed previous fundraising records out of the water.

Together with 5K participants and community partners, we’re able to donate $27,000 this year to the Sparrow Foundation, which collects the funds to benefit the cancer center. This means that all-in-all, we’ve given nearly $70,000 to the center in the past three years through the 5K. What an accomplishment!

The yearly event is a walk/run taking place near Neogen’s Lansing headquarters. While some participants opt to test their mettle and race, many others in the community join together to walk for a good cause.

This year, nearly 200 walkers and runners participated from across Michigan. Our top race finisher was Griffin Bohannon, who clocked a time of 14:53, beating his time last year of 15:34 (yes, he won the race last year as well!).

We’d like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who made this donation possible. Their time, energy and contributions will support an invaluable resource that saves lives, and we cannot be more honored that this race has soared to such heights.

We already look forward to what next year’s event will bring.


How horse health clinics build trust and save animal lives

Veterinarians don’t just serve animals — they serve communities, and the individuals living and working within them. To do so, they need trust. And when trust is born, lives are saved.

The North American Amish community is a traditionalist population that abstains from many modern lifestyle conventions, like unnecessary use of electricity, phones, and cars. It’s a largely agricultural group, one that relies on horses for much of its transportation.

It’s understandable, then, how an outbreak of equine illness could [ More … ]

Happy First World Food Safety Day!

Today, June 7, 2019, marks the first-ever World Food Safety Day, an occasion to celebrate the importance of food safety.

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) back in December 2018, World Food Safety Day is intended to raise awareness about foodborne illness.

So, what is about food safety that we need to know? Well, “Food safety, everyone’s business.”

Such a hook phrase is the lead for a campaign promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to bring everyone who is part [ More … ]

Return of the World Milk Day quiz

At long last, we’ve completed another 584 million mile trip around the sun and once again World Milk Day graces our calendars.

Every year, on June 1, the entire globe celebrates the many ways the dairy sector has enriched the world’s food supply — as well as our lives and diets.

Last year, we tried your knowledge with a quiz, with all the facts and figures you may or may not know about milk. Well, here you are again, and probably still thirsty to test your mettle on all things dairy.

Here we go — answers are at the end of the post. [ More … ]

Wait for it: A new season of our beloved Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report is on the way!

Be ready for more of our weekly mycotoxin levels, weather, and crop conditions. Our 2019 season will be back on July 1, with new insights on the mycotoxin field and technical tips from our Director of Technical Services Tony Lupo.

The Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report (MMCR) is a video series that provides weekly updates of the North American grain industry’s mycotoxin levels, weather and crop conditions, and industry insights throughout the growing and harvest seasons. These informative videos provide the grain industry the knowledge needed to mitigate crop concerns, improve mycotoxin risk management planning, and gain tips to improve grain quality.

Each week of the growing and harvest season, the MMCR features the latest mycotoxin reporting, tips, and featured guests.

Subscribe to receive the weekly MMCR video reports. You can also help the grain community by submitting a mycotoxin report.

Shining a light on ATP systems

What do fireflies and ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, hygiene monitoring systems have in common?

The science behind the instant detection of organic matter by ATP systems finds its origins in the study of fireflies. In these insects, two chemicals, luciferin and luciferase, react with the molecule ATP, which is found in every living cell, to produce light.

Known as bioluminescence when it is natural, or chemiluminescence when it is part of a manmade product, this reaction is the basis of ATP hygiene monitoring systems.

In ATP hygiene monitoring systems, the light produced by the reaction of ATP is measured by a luminometer. The luminometer contains a device that detects how much light is produced by the chemiluminescent reaction happening in the samplers, either through a photomultiplier or a photo-diode. [ More … ]

It’s show season: General biosecurity recommendations for livestock exhibitors

For many of you who raise livestock, the show ring is where hard work meets opportunity. After endless hours of work, all the blood, sweat and tears begin to pay off. This is the moment, the chance, you have worked so hard for.

Biosecurity involves the implementation of many important procedures to help prevent the introduction and transmission of disease to your animals. Show animals face an increased risk of exposure to infectious diseases that can be transmitted by animals, people, equipment and vehicles.

“You’re taking animals from various locations and production backgrounds, and putting them in a new environment,” said Neogen veterinarian Dr. Nick Wagner. “You’re having spectators come to these sites, and that obviously increases the susceptibility to disease for those animals.” [ More … ]

Spain tests African swine fever vaccine

Spain, a country that has successfully fought to eliminate African swine fever (ASF) from its borders in years past, is testing a potential new vaccine against ASF virus. The oral vaccine has been tested so far on wild boars, but if the results are successful, it could be used to protect the country’s domestic herds.

A team of Madrid-based researchers tried the vaccine on nine wild boar piglets, and the results were as hoped.

“Our study demonstrates the effectiveness of the first oral vaccine against this disease on Eurasian wild boar,” said a co-author of a paper on the research, Jose Angel Barasona. “Overall, we demonstrate that oral immunization of wild boar conferred 92% protection against a highly pathogenic strain of ASF, which is currently circulating in Asia and Europe.” [ More … ]

CDC reminds public not to wash raw chicken; some consumers still doubtful

Health agencies have shared the message again and again: Washing raw meat just causes the bacteria to splash around your sink, your hands and your clothes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tweeted a reminder about this fact recently: “Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other foods or utensils in the kitchen.”

Many Twitter users fired back, casting doubt on the idea that washing isn’t sufficient for getting rid of bacteria. Others vehemently insisted that washing chicken was what their families have always done, and they weren’t interested in shifting gears. Some pointed to homemade remedies believed to provide a more thorough wash, like soaking the raw meat with lemon juice, vinegar or saltwater (though these ingredients do not kill bacteria, according to science).

Others still pointed out that they believed they could eliminate bacteria concerns by washing counters and sinks after rinsing chicken. While disinfecting the countertops is always a wise choice and should be done anyway, rinsing chicken is still ineffective in the first place. [ More … ]

Tox Tuesday: Emerging threat report shows sharp fentanyl increase

Each quarter, the National Drug Early Warning System releases a report outlining the latest public health threats posed by new psychoactive substances (NPSs), including synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones, opioids and benzodiazepines.

The first quarter 2019 report is now live. It’s compiled from data originating from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and provides a snapshot of the U.S. psychoactive drug market.

New as of last year, the report includes fentanyl, due to its increasing importance in the opioid crisis. The 2019 first quarter report shows 541 identifications of fentanyl, fentanyl-related compounds and new opioids — a 43% increase from a year ago. Fentanyl accounts for 77% of the opioid identifications.

You can check out the full array of data online here.

Tox Tuesday is our regular feature on the latest drug trends, with primers on the latest technologies in the world of forensic drug testing. Read the rest of our Tox Tuesday series here.