Could dung beetles boost food safety on the farm?

Food safety doesn’t start at the processing facility.

Farmers go to great lengths to protect their crops from invading pathogens. Recent years have seen outbreaks attributed to bacteria like E. coli deposited by passing wildlife (through their droppings) and runoff from nearby livestock feedlots, which can infect low-to-the-ground crops like broccoli and leafy greens. Though […]

Food safety: Researchers seek kill-step to rid flour of pathogens

When you think of foods that present high food safety risks, flour isn’t generally top of the list. Flour’s dryness makes it less conducive to bacterial growth, and because it’s usually baked at a pathogen-killing temperature, it’s not very likely to cause foodborne illness once eaten.

That said, a few major recalls of flour have […]

The food safety of your phone’s newest emojis

Later this year you’ll be able to adorn your texts and tweets with a cornucopia of new food-related emojis (though sadly, we have yet to receive an actual cornucopia emoji), among others.

The Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit tech organization that coordinates the coding of emojis, text and other symbols between all computers and devices, announced […]

Neogen’s top 4 episodes with Food Safety Matters podcast

Since it was established in 2017, Food Safety Magazine’s Food Safety Matters podcast has been an invaluable resource for the food industry. Some of the biggest names in food safety have joined the podcast’s hosts to discuss the hottest topics, from outbreaks to blockchain to metagenomics and beyond.

Among these guests include a few key […]

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 […]

FSMA Produce Safety Rule inspections to start this spring

The Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was established to set standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and storage of the fruits and vegetables that we eat every day.

Like other FSMA rules, its implementation is gradual, giving producers time to outfit their operations and procedures in a way that […]

Outbreak alert: Salmonella in U.S. raw turkey, Australian spring rolls

There are a few Salmonella-related news items this week, and here’s the latest on some of the bigger stories.

Raw turkey

A multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella tied to raw turkey products has expanded, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week.

A total of 279 people have been infected with […]

Attend Neogen’s microbiology workshops this May

Following the success of previous industry events, Neogen has announced the next two dates in a series of the “New & Emerging Methods in Microbiology” workshops. The events focus on the latest advances, news and trends within the industry, bringing together a range of expert speakers to share their knowledge and experience.

The sessions […]

Coming soon: Food safety rules for bugs

Like it or not, over the past few years, the Western world has been creeping steadily closer toward the idea of insects as mainstream food. (Many Asian and South American countries are worlds ahead in that respect, where insects are often part of meals or sold as tasty street stall snacks.) With the latest move […]

This Valentine’s Day, we love food safety — you can too

Valentine’s Day seems to be a bigger deal every year, as the lovestruck event planners of the world devise more and more ways to celebrate affection — both romantic and platonic. We’ve got Galentine’s Day lunches, Valenguys Day dinners, Palentine’s Day parties and more. At the center of them all: delicious food.

With food comes […]