Study: Farm workers carry more antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals

Milking MachineOne of the most common and costly diseases faced by the dairy industry is bovine mastitis, a potentially fatal bacterial inflammation of the mammary gland (IMI). Widespread use of antibiotics to treat this disease, and other diseases agriculture animals often face, has been blamed for generating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a concern for the health and well-being of both humans and farm animals.

However, according to a recent article, researchers recently performed a study investigating the staphylococcal populations responsible for causing the disease in dairy cows throughout South Africa. [ More … ]

Second generation GMO potato awaiting approval

potatesA second generation genetically modified potato that has been engineered to resist the pathogen that led to the Irish potato famine, is now awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Known as the Russet Burbank, the potato has also been modified to be stored for longer and at cooler temperatures to help reduce food waste, a recent article states. Other benefits include reduced bruising and a greater reduction in acrylamide, a chemical produced when potatoes are cooked or fried at high temperatures, which has been linked to cancer. [ More … ]

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Agriculture

There’s a new sustainable ag technique in town, and it’s cleaning up – Grist
The farming technique known as push-pull — which involves planting grasses with special properties to protect crops — started out as a rudimentary defense against stem borer insects. But it just keeps getting more sophisticated. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin Report — August 31, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for August 31, 2015 is now available! Each week, we are happy to present a weekly report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. Each report also features a commodities report from Richard Brock of Brock Associates. To watch, click on the video below.

Study: Recalls of organic food on the rise

Carrots_FreshPicked_blogAccording to new data from the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture, a sharp jump is being seen in the number of recalls associated with organic food products. So far this year, 7% of all food units recalled have been organic compared to 2% of those recalled last year. In 2012 and 2013, only 1% of total units of food recalled were organic.

Kevin Pollack, a vice president at Stericycle, said in a recent article that the growing consumer and corporate demand for organic ingredients was at least partly responsible for the increase. [ More … ]

Industry prepares for potential reemergence of avian flu

Egg_Hen_House_BlogAs wild birds begin to migrate south from Canada, the National Chicken Council (NCC) has identified the top biosecurity principles for broiler and broiler-breeder producers in preparation for the potential reemergence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) this fall.

As explained in a recent article, biosecurity is the poultry industry’s first line of defense to all avian diseases, including HPAI. The following biosecurity measures have been identified by NCC, members of the NCC biosecurity working group, veterinarians and avian health experts as the most important to prevent disease spread and promote flock health:  [ More … ]

Neogen acquires U.K.-based Lab M Holdings

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has acquired the stock of United Kingdom-based Lab M Holdings, a developer, manufacturer and supplier of microbiological culture media and diagnostic systems.

Lab M was founded in 1971, and has grown into a leading provider of microbial testing and diagnostic products for the global food, water, industrial and clinical testing markets. The company currently sells into more than 70 countries worldwide, and has several large customers in the European Union, Middle East and India. [ More … ]

Study shows danger of mycotoxins for horses

horse portrait2_blogIt is well known that contaminated feed can cause serious problems for horses, ranging from colic and cardiac problems to neurologic issues and death. Mycotoxins can be a main component of these health problems which was recently documented a case in which feed contaminated with trichothecene mycotoxins caused bone marrow cell proliferation suppression, severe bleeding, and hair loss in horses after consumption.

Ohio State University veterinarian Rachel Liepman said she was presented an 11-year-old mare at her clinic with lethargy, acute perineal edema (fluid swelling in the perineal area, beneath the tail), hematochezia (bloody stools), fever, patchy alopecia (hair loss), and petechiation (small purple spots on mucous membranes). [ More … ]

Tox Tuesday: The evolution of Spice

Since their first documented appearance in the United States in 2008, synthetic drugs have created a trend that both authorities and health care officials alike are struggling to contain. As a recent article explains, this is due to the ever-changing formulas and chemical structures used in their creation. Because of this, these drugs are difficult to track, control, and penalize by current drug laws. What is even more unsettling is that these new compounds also make it impossible to predict the short- and long-term side effects these drugs will have.  [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin Report — August 24, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for August 24, 2015 is now available! Each week, we are happy to present a weekly report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. Each report now also features a commodities report from Richard Brock of Brock Associates. To watch, click on the video below.