A brief history of eggnog

Last week we delved into the history of the popular potted holiday plant, the poinsettia. In keeping with holiday traditions, now we will look into the history of eggnog and how the popular holiday beverage came to be.

Usually sold today between the months of November and December, the sweet, creamy, and delicious drink has […]

Researchers explore protein linked to gluten sensitivity

While only about 1% of Americans have tested positive for celiac disease, another 6% are estimated to be sensitive to gluten — the stretchy protein that makes wheat bread fluffy and pie crusts crisp. Why those without the disease still have adverse reactions when ingesting gluten has been a question researchers have been trying to […]

Move over Honeycrisp, Cosmic Crisp is on its way

Introduced in the 1990s, the Honeycrisp apple became an immediate favorite among Americans thanks to its juicy flesh and crisp texture. While the Honeycrisp has been seen as an improvement from the former American favorite, the Red Delicious apple, it is difficult to produce, expensive and its flavor does not store particularly well.

That’s why, […]

Yelp experiments with tracking food safety inspections

Yelp, the popular website and app that allows consumers to review everything from coffee shops to yoga studios, can now tell users dining in the San Francisco area if their chosen eatery has received a food safety rating of “poor” — meaning it was in the bottom 5% of area inspections.

As explained in a […]

China’s amended Food Safety Law now in effect

As American food producers patiently await the final rules developed under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), China’s amended Food Safety Law became effective today—October 1. China has long been a hotbed where food safety scandals run rampant and this new legislation marks the first time in six years that the country is revising its […]

Infographic: National Food Safety Education Month

September is National Food Safety Education Month and Neogen would like to remind you about safe food refrigeration. Take a look at the infographic below and share it with your friends!

E. coli more virulent when accompanied by beneficial bacteria

E. coli

It has long been somewhat of a mystery why some people get extremely sick and even die after being infected by the foodborne pathogen E. coli O157:H7, while others experience much milder symptoms and recover relatively quickly. Researchers from Penn State University recently concluded a four-year study on this matter and believe […]

The 5-second rule? More like 5-second fantasy

If you drop food on the floor is it really safe to pick it up and eat it within five seconds? This popular urban legend was the question of a recent study where scientists experimented with different types of foods and different types of floor surfaces to find out the accuracy of “the five second […]

Think E.coli only exists in beef? Think again


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 […]

Bottled water recall; E. coli testing expected to increase

A new report has found the global market for E. coli testing is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2022, up from $1.2 billion in 2013. Researchers from the study say this growth will be in part to major federal efforts to combat more foodborne illness in the U.S. via the Food Safety Modernization Act […]