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 […]

CDC debuts new comic book: ‘The Junior Disease Detectives’

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Now more than ever, comic book hero teams have captured the world’s attention: Marvel’s Avengers, DC’s Justice League, and, of course, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Junior Disease Detectives.

Partnering with the Department of Agriculture and 4-H, the Centers (CDC) have put out a full-length graphic novel […]

Pre-cut melons recalled after Salmonella outbreak sickens 60

While out enjoying the sunshine this season, many in the U.S. are picnicking with popular summer fruits like watermelons and cantaloupes.

However, a voluntary recall of several pre-cut melon products has now been issued after at least 60 people in multiple states were infected with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella Adelaide.

The products implicated, according to […]

CDC apologizes for ruining muffins with tick awareness message

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a social media splash recently with a tweet that went viral.

“Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed,” tweeted the agency, alongside two close-up photos of a poppy seed muffin. “Can you spot all five ticks in this photo?”

Suddenly, the muffin didn’t […]

Evaluate your food safety habits this Food Safety Education Month

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To many people, September is the month kids go back to school, leaves begin to turn red, and orange and black take over grocery store displays despite Halloween still being two months away.

It’s also, believe it or not, Food Safety Education Month, a time for everyone to educate themselves […]

Mom was wrong: Cold water OK for washing hands

Many things that come out of a typical mother’s mouth seem scientifically iffy even to a kid, such as: “Your face is going to freeze like that!”

But, typical moms do occasionally say things that seem scientifically valid even to all-grown-up kids, such as: “Use warm water to wash your hands!” Even kid brains seem […]

Study: College students are lousy at hand washing

The next time you attend a college graduation, it might be a good idea to avoid the congratulatory firm handshake and go for the hug instead.

A recent study of college students at the University of Findlay in Ohio showed that more than half had large amounts of potentially infectious bacteria on their hands.

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Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Agriculture

Inside The Life Of An Apple Picker – National Public Radio It’s fall. Time to pick apples. For some of us, that’s casual recreation, a leisurely stroll through picturesque orchards. For tens […]

Tox Tuesday: Cotinine/Nicotine

Right off the bat, nicotine has a few strikes against it: it is one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the United States; 10 people die per minute due to tobacco use; and 90% of lung cancer cases in men (and 80% in women) are caused by smoking.

So why is this potentially […]

New studies point to why and how of food allergies

Food allergies are on the rise—and quickly. In recent reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergy rates in children younger than 18 grew about 18% between 1997 and 2007. Many of these food allergies can be narrowed down to a few types of food (peanuts, eggs, milk, tree nuts, wheat, […]