Neogen reports 26% increase in net income

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 18, 2014 — Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2015, which ended Nov. 30, increased 26% to $7,806,000, when compared to the prior year’s $6,207,000. Earnings per share in the current quarter were $0.21, compared to $0.17 a year ago. Current year-to-date net income was $16,689,000, or $0.45 per share, compared to $14,045,000, or $0.38 per share, for the same period a year ago.

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 increased 15% to $68,455,000, from the previous year’s second quarter revenues of $59,599,000. This increase was aided in part by recent acquisitions completed by the company. The quarterly revenue and net income results represent second quarter records for the 32-year-old company. Year to date, FY 2015 revenues increased 15% to $136,054,000 from FY 2014′s $118,147,000.   [ More ... ]

Infographic: Workplace drug testing

Across Europe there is an increasing trend in the prevalence of substance abuse among the working population. Statistics show that these figures spike in December as people enter the festive spirit where we see as much as a 40% increase in the consumption of drugs and alcohol.  [ More ... ]

UK introduces new regulations on food allergen labeling

Woman Reading Packet In SupermarketEarlier this week new European legislation went into effect that requires food producers to make changes to their pre-packaged food labels so they emphasize 14 different allergens if they are used as ingredients. These changes will provide allergen information in a clearer and more consistent way, making it easier for consumers to make safer food choices when buying food or dinning out.

Known as the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC), the 14 allergens that are required to be labeled include in the following: [ More ... ]

Creatinine

CreatinineUsed to evaluate or discover kidney disease, kidney failure or malfunction, a creatinine test is a relatively common test that medical professionals often order when treating patients with conditions that affect the kidneys such as high blood pressure, type-one or type-two diabetes, or in those that are taking medication that can affect kidney function.

Because creatinine is a chemical waste product that’s produced by muscle metabolism, The Mayo Clinic states that healthy kidneys are able to filter creatinine and other waste products from blood. However, when kidneys are not working properly, higher than normal levels of creatinine become apparent in blood and urine and alert medical professionals of a potential problem. [ More ... ]

Infographic: Vaccinating Your Horse

Vaccines can protect your horse from a wide range of threats, including snakebites, botulism, influenza, and much more. Learn how vaccines work, why they’re important, and which ones your horse needs in this step-by-step visual guide. [ More ... ]

Monday links

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Food Safety

FDA Says BPA-Lined Containers Are Safe, But New Study Raises Concerns – Food Safety News
A new Korean soy milk study, involving taking the blood pressure of a relatively small number of women divided into groups — with one drinking soy milk from cans with BPA and the other from glass bottles — is a media hit in the U.S.

Remember food safety this holiday season – The State Journal
With the holidays right around the corner — and food traditionally playing a large part in the festivities — the Department for Public Health (DPH) wants you to keep safe food preparation and handling practices in mind. [ More ... ]

Aflatoxin detection seen as key to reduce preventable liver cancer

myco_corn_blogFor several years, scientist Felicia Wu, Ph.D. and her team have been studying cost-effective and feasible aflatoxin prevention methods that have the possibility to prevent future cases of aflatoxin-induced liver cancer around the world.

According to a recently publish article in Nature, aflatoxin is generated by the fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus and is a type of carcinogenic toxin that can grow on corn, pistachios and peanuts. Currently responsible for up to 28% of liver cancer cases worldwide, it is the biggest risk factor for the disease and has been associated with acute poisoning, immune-system dysfunction and stunted growth in children. [ More ... ]

Experts address food allergy shaming and bullying

peanuts in & out of shell_resizedBased on recent reports, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) estimates that 15 million Americans have food allergies and that severe allergic reactions account for more than 200,000 emergency room visits each year. To go along with this, more than 17 million Europeans have a food allergy, and hospital admissions for severe reactions in children have risen seven-fold over the past decade in Europe alone.

While researchers are trying to discover why food allergies are on the rise and potential ways a food allergy could be cured, there are still no clear answers. Strict avoidance and early recognition of foods that cause allergic reactions are the most important factors health professionals recommend today, as well as knowing what to do when a server reaction takes place. [ More ... ]

Neogen customer, Southern States wins 2014 AFIA Feed Mill of the Year Award

afia-2014Southern States Cooperative’s feed mill in Park City, Kentucky, one of Neogen’s long-time milling and grain customers, has been recognized as the 2014 AFIA Feed Mill of the Year, an award that recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations where safety, quality, regulatory compliance, operating efficiencies and overall industry awareness of food safety are promoted.

Sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and Feedstuffs Newspaper, this marks the second win in three years for Southern States, and the fourth time in seven years that the company has taken home the prestigious award. With more than 1,200 retail stores in 23 states, Southern States is known as one of the nation’s largest agriculture supply companies, with more than 200,000 farmer-members and claimed the top spot out of a total of 90 companies in the competition. [ More ... ]

Studies find reusable produce containers often contaminated

Farmers MarketMultiple recent studies have revealed the reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores could transfer pathogens such as E. coli, from contaminated produce onto clean produce when the containers are not sanitized thoroughly.

According to a recent article in Food Safety News, two Canadian studies found evidence of fecal bacteria left over in containers said to have already been sanitized. From these containers, University of Guelph food science professor, Keith Warriner, Ph.D., found contamination of innocuous strains of coliform E. coli, suggesting that the company’s sanitation process was inadequate.

“Judging the cleanliness of the containers using U.K. food safety standards of food surfaces, Warriner determined that 43% of containers failed sanitary standards when inspected this year,” the articles states. [ More ... ]