Study links herbicide use to antibiotic resistance

CornSeedling_blogIn one of the first studies of its kind, a group of researchers have found that commonly used herbicides can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, meaning if someone is exposed to both herbicides and antibiotics at the same time, higher doses of antibiotics will likely be needed to kill the offending bacteria.

The growing risk of disease from antibiotic-resistant pathogens has become a major public health concern, one that was recently prioritized by both the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control. [ More … ]

Neogen reports 13% increase in net income

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, which ended Feb. 28, increased 13% to $7,454,000, when compared to the prior year’s $6,575,000. Earnings per share in the current quarter were $0.20, compared to $0.18 a year ago. Current year-to-date net income increased 17% over prior year to $24,142,000, or $0.65 per share, compared to $20,621,000, or $0.56 per share, for the same period a year ago.

Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 increased 10% to $68,409,000, from the previous year’s third quarter revenues of $61,996,000. This increase was aided by recent acquisitions completed by the company, and was achieved despite top line currency adjustments of approximately $1.5 million resulting from currency weakness in Neogen’s international markets. Overall organic growth for the company was 7% for the quarter. The quarterly revenue and net income results represent third quarter records for the 32-year-old company. Year to date, fiscal 2015 revenues increased 14% to $204,463,000 from fiscal 2014’s $180,143,000.   [ More … ]

Study finds common children’s allergens in pet food

SONY DSCWhen it comes to food allergies, avoidance is key. However, while it may be easy to avoid foods you know you are allergic to, oftentimes allergic reactions occur when we are unaware that a potential allergen exists.

For example, a new study is demonstrating this to be true in the case of children who have common allergies to foods such as wheat, eggs, soy, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish, and also have pets. This is because some of those same allergens are also common ingredients in pet food. [ More … ]

Leader appointed to UK’s Food Crime Unit

Unhealthy Food CautionIn response to the 2013 European horsemeat scandal and other food-related incidents, a new Food Crime Unit (FCU) has been developed in the United Kingdom that will fight the trade of fraudulent foods, and build intelligence and evidence of the risks and the nature of food fraud and food crime.

Andy Morling was recently announced as the head of the unit, and brings with him experience in intelligence and investigations, as well as organized crime.

The horsemeat scandal saw contaminated beef products reaching supermarket shelves across Europe and led to a report commissioned from food security expert Chris Elliott, in which the FCU was suggested. [ More … ]

Monday links

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

Animal Science

West Nile Virus – The Horse
Today, West Nile virus (WNV) might seem like just another preventable disease and a shot your horse gets once or twice a year, but a little more than 15 years ago, this virus posed the biggest health threat the horse industry had seen in the 20th century.

Mouse gene helps create tuberculosis-resistant cattle – Drovers Cattle Network
Chinese scientists have created tuberculosis-resistant cattle using genes from mice. With the gene, the cattle are more difficult to infect with the disease and are protected from symptoms of tuberculosis. [ More … ]

Food safety testing market to surpass $15 billion by 2019

A new report has found that the food safety testing market will be worth more than $15 billion by 2019. This is in addition to an estimated 1.2 billion food tests to be conducted as well.

These finding were complied by the global market research firm, MarketsandMarkets, and are discussed in the report, Food Safety Testing Market by Contamination (Pathogen, GMO, Toxin, Pesticide, Others), Technology (Traditional & Rapid), Food type (Meat & Poultry, Dairy, Fruit & Vegetable, Convenience food, Others) & Region – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019.” [ More … ]

Study reveals new potential of peanuts

Peanut_blogA new study is showing that eating the skinless inner kernels of peanuts may improve a person’s gut bacteria and their ability to ward off E. coli and Salmonella infections.

Published in the Journal of Food Science, researchers at the University of Maryland say this is because skinless peanuts have a prebiotic-like effect and the gut bacteria they promote, outcompetes pathogenic foodborne bacteria from taking over.

However, the researchers also found that when the skin is left on peanuts, the opposite occurred and the skin actually inhibited the growth of beneficial microbes and promoted the growth of E. coli and Salmonella. [ More … ]

Sanitation and pest control for floor-mounted platform scales

scale_blogElectronic scales are used throughout the food processing industry and in various steps in the production process to help ensure accuracy and safety of the final product. While they are crucial tools in the success of a company, they can also be difficult to clean, adding to a facility’s sanitation concerns.

For example, electronic scales are used to verify weights of ingredients, assure precise finished product volumes, track the amount of in-process scrap sent to the landfill or hog farm, and a variety of other daily quality assurance checks. However, due to factors like the scale’s size, design, installation, and need to be calibrated for accuracy on precise schedules, they can be very difficult to clean. Because of this, the chance of organic debris accumulating is increased, which can create a highly susceptible environment for insect infestation and microbial activity. [ More … ]

Tox Tuesday: The rise in Ohio’s heroin related issues

Drug Syringe And Cooked HeroinOver the course of the past 15 years, the state of Ohio has seen fatal heroin overdoses rise approximately 366%, according to a 2014 report published by the Ohio Department of Health. While this number may seem shocking, other states are recording similar, although not as drastic statistics.

Based on this extreme increase, some researchers are deeming the buckeye state a “window on the world,” and warning state governments and police forces that more action must be taken to help control the spread of heroin use and the overdose death occurrence involving the drug and other opiates like prescription pain relievers. [ More … ]

Monday links

Cute kitten and headphones, isolated on whiteDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Equine Food Allergy Testing Evaluated – The Horse
If you suspect your horse might have a food allergy, new research is suggesting that an allergy test might not be the next step to take.

Studying how and why parasites affect performance – Drovers Cattle Network
It is well documented that infections with internal parasites can reduce weight gains, feed efficiency and reproductive performance in cattle, but just why different parasites have evolved to affect or manipulate their hosts in different ways is unclear. [ More … ]