Food safety reminders for your weekend BBQ

Tailgate_D3Campaign2012_resizedPicnic and barbecue season is upon us, which offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly which can lead to foodborne illness.

To protect yourself, your family and friends during warm-weather months, it’s important to practice safe food handling when eating outdoors. Some general guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are below. [ More … ]

New beef genomics program launched in Ireland

The Minister for Agriculture recently launched a new Beef Data and Genomics Program in Ireland which he says will deliver accelerated genetic improvement in the national herd, and improve its environmental and economic sustainability.

According to a recent article, Minister Coveney said improving the genetics of the national herd will enhance its carbon efficiency, and will also deliver significant economic benefits to farmers over time. He added that Ireland’s beef sector is a major contributor to the economy, exports and employment, particularly in rural areas. [ More … ]

Neogen launches lower cost Igenity dairy genomic tests

DairyCow_resizedNeogen Corporation recently announced the availability of new genomic tests that offer commercial dairy producers essential information on the genetic potential of replacement dairy heifers — at a significantly lower cost. Merck Animal Health will market these new testing options as part of the strategic agreement between Merck and Neogen.

Neogen’s revised Igenity-Select and new Igenity-Essential testing options are the latest additions to the Igenity Dairy Heifer Program, which reveals an animal’s genetic potential well before breeding. [ More … ]

A Wheat Growers Perspective of DON

LL photo_blogDeoxynivalenol (DON) outbreaks have a significant impact on farmers today and can be very challenging and complex to manage. To gain some insight on managing these outbreaks appropriately, Neogen recently talked with Laird Larson, a wheat farmer who provided his perspective from his 20 years of experience dealing with DON outbreaks.

Q: Can you describe the tools available to wheat and barley growers to potentially prevent and/or reduce DON? [ More … ]

Study links asthma to peanut allergy

Asthma-Inhaler_wPeanuts_BLOGA new study suggests that children who have asthma may not realize they also have a peanut allergy, since symptoms for both conditions — including shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing — are so similar.

According to a recent article, the study looked at the records of 1,500 children from the pediatric respiratory clinic at Toledo’s Mercy Children’s Hospital and found that one in 10 children tested positive for peanut sensitivity, but 53% of the children and their families did not know or suspect they might have an allergy. [ More … ]

Monday links

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADon’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

How Researchers Judge Horses’ Temperaments – The Horse
How do you describe a horse’s personality? How do you quantify it? Researchers have developed a new equine personality test that may help answer these questions.

Addressing BVD at the source – Drovers Cattle Network [ More … ]

Study shows importance of child-pet relationships

Featured on family holiday cards and pampered with special treats and their very own day-spas, it’s no question that our pets are much more than just pets, but are rather actual members of our families. The importance of this kind of relationship is examined in a new study showing kids in turmoil rely on their pets even more than they do their siblings. In fact, this new research is also shedding light on the unexpected ways animals boost kids’ social skills and confidence.

These findings come from Matt Cassels, a Ph.D. psychiatry student at the University of Cambridge, who according to a recent article, analyzed the data from a 10-year longitudinal study which examined the social and emotional development of kids from the time they were two-years-old through age 12. [ More … ]

New food safety measures hope to decrease foodborne illness outbreaks

Chicken and Beef at the MarketFood safety has been on the minds of many political officials lately as a final ruling regarding mechanically tenderized beef was made this week, along with the introduction of two new food safety bills that have the potential to strengthen the federal food safety system.

First, after three years of debate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that they will require mechanically tenderized meat to be labeled and include safe cooking instructions beginning May 2016, two years before the USDA originally said the law would go into effect. [ More … ]

Infographic: Food Allergy Awareness Month

May marks Food Allergy Awareness Month and Neogen has developed the below infographic to help you understand the basics of food allergies, which currently affects 1 in every 13 children. Neogen offers screening and quantitative food allergen test kits to detect all major food allergens. For more information, [ More … ]

Tox Tuesday: Florida’s flakka problem and other drug abuse issues

Man smoking electronic cigaretteIn an official report released by Trust for American’s Health, Florida now has the 11th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the U.S. with overdose deaths doubling between 1999 and 2010. Overdose deaths in the state now also exceed motor vehicle-related deaths and have led some officials to call the current situation in their state “a serious epidemic” and “full-blown crisis.” The issues of drug abuse in Florida, like in many other states, involve a mix of drugs including synthetic designer drugs, prescription pain killers, heroin, and more.  [ More … ]