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 […]

New system detects active Shiga toxin

Scientists at USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Western Regional Research Center have come up with a new way to detect biologically active Shiga toxin, a product of pathogenic Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7, through the use of a camera and a light-emitting source that biologically determines the active toxin.

Affordable, sensitive devices like this are needed to […]

Top 10 food parasites

When many people think about properly preparing their food to help eliminate food safety risks, they are often worried about key pathogens, such as E. coli or Salmonella. These pathogens can be very dangerous—most of the illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths from food poisoning are caused by major pathogens.

But a new report from the World […]

Save the environment through your refrigerator

As your mother has probably told you: eat your fruits and vegetables.

As the nutrition experts have told you: keep a divided plate, eating so many servings of not only fruits and veggies, but proteins, carbohydrates and more.

But maybe it isn’t just your health that everyone has been keeping in mind—but also the environment’s.

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