Think E.coli only exists in beef? Think again

E.coli

New research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that Escherichia coli O157:H7 has caused more outbreaks in the U.S. from 2003 through 2012 than during the previous 20 years and that beef—often thought of as the main culprit of infection— was only related with 20% of the outbreaks associated with […]

Are raw meat-based diets right for your cats and dogs?

In recent years raw meat-based diets (RMBD) for pets have increased in popularity due to nutritional and health benefit claims from some pet owners. While The American Animal Hospital Association and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have recently adopted statements discouraging this type of diet, there previously has been very little published data that would […]

Monday Links

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

Animal Science

Fewer heifers in feedyards – Drovers Cattle Network

While the latest U.S. Cattle on Feed report showed total inventory in U.S. feedlots with capacity for 1,000 or more head […]

The first Monday links of June

E. coli

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

Food safety

Gut reaction: Human colon replica demonstrates how E. coli contaminates groundwater – Scientific American

Researchers found when E. coli O157:H7 (the most virulent strain of […]

Source for Hawaii E. coli outbreak unknown

E. coli

Health department officials in Hawaii are trying to track down the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened nine.

Four people – one adult and three kids – have been hospitalized. The three children also developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a kidney disease that is associated with pathogenic E. […]

Neogen blog: A look back at 2012

Ah, nostalgia. It’s been a busy year here at the Neogen blog. We’ve covered quite a range of stuff, from food safety reforms to happy elephants in Thailand (scroll down for details – hint, hint) to decoding DNA.

So kick back, relax and take a stroll down the Neogen blog’s memory lane.

Food […]

Study: E. coli lives longer in certain soils

E. coli

E. coli O157:H7, one of the most common illness-causing strains of E. coli, can survive in the soil of California’s Salinas Valley for about 30 days – roughly ten days more than it does in Imperial Valley, Calif. or Yuma, Ariz. Researchers attribute the longer lifespan to lower salinity in irrigation water […]

FSIS aims to change E. coli O157:H7 testing program for beef trim

E. coli

E. coli O157:H7 testing may soon be more risk-based, according to a notice posted in the Federal Register.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it is seeking comments on a redesign of its E. coli O157:H7 verification system to make it more risk-based while also allowing the agency to […]

Midweek reads: Hot weather, toasty microwaves, and sweet-smelling durian

Need some interesting reads to get ready for the rest of the week? Check out these articles from around the web.

Survival of Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella spp. on catfish fillets exposed to microwave heating in continuous mode – Wiley Online Library

So it turns out the big three of the bad […]

CDC: STEC infections have declined since 2006, Salmonella infections have risen

Rates of infection from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) have fallen slightly in the past five years, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday.

In 2006, there were 590 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection caused by STEC. In 2011, the most recent available data, there were 463 infections, according to […]