Monday Mycotoxin Report — August 3, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for August 3, 2015 is now available! Each week, we are happy to present to you a weekly report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. To watch, click on the video below.

Monday links

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

Food Safety

Extreme Weather May Raise Risk of Salmonella Infection, Study Says – Medline Plus
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Public Health suggest the risk for Salmonella infections is likely to grow as climate change increases the number of extreme weather events.

Before Roasting a Pig, the Pros Advise Food Safety Homework – Food Safety News
While summer often conjures up mouth-watering thoughts of pig roasts, if you’re actually contemplating tackling this culinary feat, some homework is in order. [ More … ]

Heading to the beach this weekend? Read this first

beach_blogBeachgoers and sandcastle builders beware. A new study has found that when it comes to germs, the sandy shores of beaches may be more dangerous than the water itself.

Recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology , the study looked at water and sand from Hawaiian beaches and found a “higher abundance” of bacteria indicating fecal contamination—such as E. coli, for example— in the sand than in the water. [ More … ]

Report: U.S. winter wheat worst quality in 17 years

The quality of some of the first wheat harvested by U.S. farmers in 2015 is the worst in at least 17 years, according to one measure and following heavy rainfall across parts of the Midwest.

A report released last week by U.S. Wheat Associates tracked the “falling number,” a gauge of sprout damage in crops and said the data was the worst since 1998. This backs up ongoing comments from grain handlers about the condition of the soft-red winter wheat crop, which accounts for about a fifth of total domestic wheat output. [ More … ]

FDA bans some cilantro imported from Mexico

Cilantro2The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced earlier this week it has issued a ban on some cilantro imported from Mexico. This comes after an investigation was launched which discovered that the imported vegetable was responsible for hundreds of reported intestinal illnesses in the U.S. dating back to 2012.

A recent article states that since 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with state public health officials, have identified hundreds of outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in the United States associated with fresh cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico. [ More … ]

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 outbreaks?

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The presence of Salmonella in certain brands of chicken and tuna has recently lead to three different food recalls and has resulted in more than four million pounds of food being discarded. While the recalls involve three different food companies, and seemingly began completely separate of one another, they all have one thing in common: Minnesota.

In each of these food recalls and the cases of Salmonella that were traced back to them, all were first identified in Minnesota. This, according to a recent article, is because Minnesota finds foodborne illness quicker than other states thanks to its superior technology and the in-depth interviews food safety officials conduct from the state’s health department. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin Report — July 27, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for July 27, 2015 is now available! Each week, we are happy to present to you a weekly report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. To watch, click on the video below.

Cool down with Monday links

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

Food Safety

Report: Food Recalls Have Nearly Doubled Since 2002 – Food Safety News
The number of U.S. food products recalled — and the costs associated with those recalls — have nearly doubled since 2002, according to a new report. [ More … ]

Neogen launches NeoSeek™ Salmonella serotyping service

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) today announced the development of a detection and identification technology that provides DNA-specific test results for pathogenic serotypes of Salmonella.

Neogen’s new NeoSeek™ pathogen DNA identification method for Salmonella can provide genomic-based serotypes (e.g., Salmonella enterica Enteritidis and Salmonella enterica Heidelberg) in as little as 72 hours from suspected Salmonella positive isolates. The serotypes identified by the NeoSeek service include all of the “top 30” Salmonella serotypes identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being the leading causes of human Salmonella infections since the agency instituted its national surveillance program for Salmonella in 1962. [ More … ]

Bill blocks states from requiring GMO labels on food

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday and blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, also known as GMO foods. Instead, labeling of GMO foods and ingredients will now be on a voluntary basis.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who authored the bill, called mandatory labeling laws — which have already passed in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine — unnecessarily costly given that GMOs have been deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). [ More … ]