How much do you really know about turkeys?


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Everyone knows that the holiday officially known as Thanksgiving could really be called Turkey Day, but how well do you really know Meleagris gallopavo, the wild turkey from which the domesticated version, and the one likely to be on your plate, was derived?

A recent article explains 14 fun facts about turkeys:

1. Turkeys are more than just big chickens. In fact, more than 45 million years of evolution separates the two species. [ More … ]

Thanksgiving for pets

Puppy_Begging_wSign_blogJust around the corner is Thanksgiving Day, where the nation collectively overeats and naps on the couch while supposedly watching football. We love to celebrate and indulge in abundant feasts with family and friends, and many people consider their pets to be family. The temptation is to let your pet splurge on Thanksgiving with the rest of the family, but be aware that there are many risks associated with letting your pet in on the Thanksgiving feast. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin Report — November 23, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for November 23, 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.

Monday links

Colored turkeysDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

Why food allergy fakers need to stop – Boston Globe
From gluten to garlic, diets and dislikes are being passed off as medical conditions. Chefs and real sufferers have had enough.

Food Safety Resources for Thanksgiving Troubles – USDA
The USDA wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise. [ More … ]

Neogen can help with new FSIS guidelines for food allergens

Cookies-on-Sheet_blogIn an effort to reduce adverse reactions to food allergens, along with potential recalls, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently released new guidelines to assist meat, poultry, and processed egg product producers in properly managing ingredients that could trigger such problems.

The new FSIS guidelines, entitled, “FSIS Compliance Guidelines Allergens and Ingredients of Public Health Concern: Identification, Prevention and Control, and Declaration through Labeling,” aim to keep consumers safe and also provide useful tools to help food companies avoid preventable, costly recalls. [ More … ]

FDA approves first genetically engineered animal

The first genetically altered animal, a salmon known as AquAdvantage, was approved yesterday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after years of review and endless controversy. The salmon is engineered to grow twice as fast as its natural counterpart as it contains a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and has been given a gene from the ocean pout, an eel-like fish. This means the fish can grow large enough for consumption in about a year and a half, rather than the typical three years. [ More … ]

U.S. crop production expected to hit record levels

U.S. corn and soybean production estimates for 2015 are nearing record breaking numbers as the USDA recently increased its corn projection by 99 million bushels and its soybean projection by 93 million bushels over its October estimate.

According to a recent report, the latest USDA report estimates the total U.S. corn production for 2015 at just under 13.7 billion bushels. This compares to the record U.S. corn production level of 14.2 billion bushels in 2014, 13.8 billion bushels in 2013, 10.8 billion bushels in 2012, and 12.4 billion bushels in 2010. USDA is now estimating that the 2015 national average corn yield at 169.3 bushels per acre, which is an increase of 1.3 bushels from the October yield estimate of 168 bushels per acre. [ More … ]

Report: Multistate foodborne illness outbreaks are rare but deadly

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Foodborne disease outbreaks that spread across more than one state cause more than half of all deaths in outbreaks, despite accounting for only a tiny fraction (about 3%) of reported outbreaks in the United States, according to a new Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The leading causes of multistate outbreaks – Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria – are more dangerous than the leading causes of single-state outbreaks. These three pathogens, which cause 91% of multistate outbreaks, [ More … ]

FDA releases new FSMA food safety rules

Produce3The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized three new major rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law five years ago by Congress and intends to overhaul America’s food safety system.

FSMA will direct the FDA and food producers to prevent problems across the entire food system, rather than waiting to act until illness occurs. The new rules formalize industry accountability and best practices for food importers and the produce community. [ More … ]

Join Neogen at the Food Safety Consortium in Chicago

food-safety-consortium-300x106Join Neogen at the Food Safety Consortium from November 17-20, 2015 in the Chicago area for a wide variety of individual presentations, “Ask the Experts” discussion groups, workshops and training programs, coupled with overarching plenary sessions and table-top exhibitions covering the food safety and quality assurance industry.

Neogen’s own Jim Topper will be part of the “Ask the expert” session on Sanitation and Environmental Monitoring on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and will also present, “FSMA Requirements of Allergen Testing” at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 19. [ More … ]