The Food Safety Zone brings new resources to the frozen food industry

Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) is a persistent foodborne pathogen. It can survive in cold temperatures and has a habit of thriving in niches in the food production environment, making it hard to eradicate.

To that end, the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has unveiled a new food safety resource for the frozen food industry: The […]

Food safety: New algorithm could help with environmental monitoring

In a food production or processing plant, the seek-and-destroy method is a technique for finding niches that harbor bacterial pathogens, like the particularly tricky Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono). If detected, the contaminated area can be totally cleaned and disinfected, eradicating the pathogen.

It’s an approach to environmental monitoring that has been increasingly encouraged as the […]

Regulatory guidance for Listeria reflects healthy attitude shift

Research has made it clear in recent years that, above many other food safety practices, monitoring the food production environment in a “seek and destroy” approach is the best way to tackle Listeria contamination threats.

In fact, Food Safety Magazine found in a wide-reaching survey that environmental monitoring for Listeria is the “fastest growing […]

U.S. FDA to resume some high-risk food inspections during federal shutdown

Last week, media outlets reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was halting most of the unannounced inspections of food production facilities as part of the ongoing partial shutdown of the country’s government. Particularly of concern was the stopping of high-risk food surveillance. Now, the FDA has announced that it will resume inspections […]

Does the U.S. government shutdown affect food safety?

Amid the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, discussions have flurried about the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has halted some surveillance inspections at food production facilities.

People are particularly concerned about the stopping of high-risk food surveillance. High-risk foods, like seafood and produce, are more susceptible to contamination with foodborne […]

Cakes in jars, botulism and the early stages of the food safety system

Maybe you’ve got this bookmarked on your favorite crafty social media site: cake-in-a-jar recipes. Popular with students living in dorms and the Pinterest-savvy, these tiny desserts are tucked snugly into a small jar or can and are often baked in microwaves.

Cute as they may be, these treats come with a food safety threat you […]

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 […]

Food safety questions for your co-packer

The natural foods industry is bursting with new product concepts, from cutting-edge ingredients and unique delivery forms, to exotic flavors and creative packaging. Many of these products are developed by entrepreneurs and start-up companies who need the support of co-packers and contract manufacturers to bring their ideas to market. When it comes to food safety, […]

Food Safety: A QC manager and an operations manager (don’t) walk into a bar…

This blog post was written by a Neogen sales and marketing expert.

Microbial organisms present an interesting paradigm in food production — how can you accelerate the testing process and still maintain food safety?

The issue with bacteria is that whether it’s in the food, the environment or in your gut, time is needed to […]

Listeria monocytogenes poses unique challenges to food industry

An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) in the fresh produce industry has made headlines once again, this time with suspected contamination of bagged salad.

While the food industry has controls in place to combat L. monocytogenes just as they do for other foodborne pathogens, outbreaks occur. A recent article looks into the disease transmission […]