Peanut allergy? There’s a patch for that

PeanutButter_KidEatsFromJar_Getty-Kidstock_blogThose suffering from peanut allergies may soon find some relief as a new product —similar to a nicotine patch — has been developed to help allergy sufferers significantly increase their peanut tolerance. According to a recent article, the drug, called Viaskin Peanut, recently received special fast-track testing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is slated to enter the market as early as 2018.

The patch, which allows the drug to be absorbed through the skin, will enter phase III clinical trials this year, which will focus on children four to 11 years old. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin Report — June 29, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for June 29, 2015 is now available for your viewing pleasure. Each week, we are happy to present to you a weekly report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. To learn more about drought, crop yields and mycotoxin levels, please watch the video below.

Monday links

BlackAngusCow2_blogDon’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

Anthrax found in North Dakota – Bovine Veterinarian
A case of anthrax in cattle has hit the state of North Dakota for the first time this year, a veterinarian confirmed last week. [ More … ]

Genetic engineering may be key to chestnut revival

Chestnuts Isolated On A White BackgroundThroughout the 1800s, chestnut trees were a major source of food as families would use the nuts in everything from bread to pickles, to preserves and cream pies. However, that changed in the early 1900s when a plague known as blight, decimated American chestnut trees. This deadly fungus came to the U.S. on the much smaller and fungus-resistant Chinese chestnut trees and wiped out nearly four billion American chestnut trees seemingly overnight.

Because of this, scientists have been researching ways to bring the American chestnut tree back and now researchers at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) may have an answer. [ More … ]

Tox Thursday: High school drug testing

Drug test blank form with Variety of medicinesDrug testing high school students before they are allowed to participate in school-sponsored athletics or other extracurricular activities has been a hot issue dating back to 1995 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against student privacy and upheld the constitutionality of drug testing student athletes. The court upheld the ruling again in 2002, and by 2006 as many as 20% of school districts in the U.S. had adopted a drug testing policy.

While this number has fluctuated over the years, several news stories have recently surfaced about a number of schools adopting new drug testing policies. This includes East Allen County Schools in Ohio, where according to a recent article, [ More … ]

Bottled water recall; E. coli testing expected to increase

BottledWater_blogA new report has found the global market for E. coli testing is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2022, up from $1.2 billion in 2013. Researchers from the study say this growth will be in part to major federal efforts to combat more foodborne illness in the U.S. via the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Environmental and clinical laboratory testing for E. coli is one area that will see the most growth in the next decade, a recent article states, and is expected to grow at a rate of 6–7% each year.  [ More … ]

Tuesday 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

Cat got your tongue? New research says ‘no’ – Science Daily
The study represents the first glimpse into how domestic cats perceive bitterness in food at a molecular level, and could explain why cats are sometimes such picky eaters.

VFD Rule Finalized: Insights on changes in feed-grade antibiotic use – Drover’s Cattle Network
Livestock producers and veterinarians recently gained a bit more insight into the changes they’ll be facing in the way antibiotics are used in food animals. [ More … ]

Monday Mycotoxin Report — June 22, 2015

Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin Report for June 22, 2015 is now available for your viewing pleasure. Each week, we are happy to present to you a weekly report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. To learn more about drought, crop yields and mycotoxin levels, please watch the video below.

Science: Use therMOMeter to keep dad safe on Sunday

FamilyBBQ_D3Campaign2012_blogWith Father’s Day around the corner, many will see charcoal smoke wafting through their neighborhoods as families come together around the grill in celebration of dad. However, grilling outdoors doesn’t mean food safety rules stay inside, Carla Haley-Hadley, Miller County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said in a recent article.

When it comes to food safety, always preheat the grill to kill microorganisms and use separate clean tongs and plates when removing food from the grill. This will help to avoid cross-contamination of bacteria with uncooked meat, she added. [ More … ]

Nature could yield best pesticide solution yet

Cabbage loopers, beet army worms, corn rootworms, green peach aphids, spider mites and other crop-eating insects can be a major problem for farmers and their crops. But what if instead of turning to agricultural chemicals to deal with these pesky insects, there was a complete pesticide-free solution?

That may soon be the case, as a recent article explains that pesticide companies are putting their money behind research that is attempting to turn soil microbes into tools that farmers can use to help give their crops a boost. Just as microbes help fight disease in humans, they are showing they can be used in soil as weapons against insects as well as weeds, and help deliver nutrients [ More … ]