Lab M now offers full range of European Pharmacopoeia media

LAB M LOGO Neogen GreenHEYWOOD, UK, 27 January, 2016 — Lab M has enhanced its pharmacopoeia range to ensure that all media listed in the European Pharmacopoeia 8.0 volume 1 (2014) are now available in its portfolio.

Lab M offers all 17 dehydrated culture media products referenced in the European Pharmacopoeia (EP), and each of the 17 has been formulated to and performance tested by the requirements specified within the pharmacopoeia. The use of Lab M’s products enables laboratories to comply to the EP standard, which is harmonised with the equivalent chapters of the United States (USP) and Japanese (JP) pharmacopoeias. [ More … ]

Listeria monocytogenes poses unique challenges to food industry

Salad_BaggedLettuceMix_blogAn outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes) in the fresh produce industry has made headlines once again, this time with suspected contamination of bagged salad.

While the food industry has controls in place to combat L. monocytogenes just as they do for other foodborne pathogens, outbreaks occur. A recent article looks into the disease transmission factors associated with L. monocytogenes and points out some unique and difficult problems confounding current food safety controls and the best practices to avoid L. monocytogenes contamination in the food processing environment. [ More … ]

Monday links

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

 Animal Science

America Has A New Queen Of Milk Production. Meet Gigi, The ‘Diva’ Cow – KUNC
A 9-year-old cow, who spends her days grazing at Bur-Wall Holsteins in Brooklyn, Wisconsin, Gigi has broken a U.S. record for milk production, churning out 74,650 pounds of milk in a 365-day period.

High Levels of Swine Flu Detected on US Pig Farms – The Pig Site
Three separate strains of influenza A virus (IAV) have been detected in animal and environmental samples taken from six swine farms in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa with suspected flu outbreaks.

Food Safety

How to Safely Transport Pallet Loads of Perishable Foods – Food Safety Magazine
Whether it’s keeping food within a safe temperature range or ensuring air can flow throughout the packaging, thoughtful consideration has to be given to each element when it comes to food safety for both raw and processed foods.

How to keep food safe during severe weather – FOX
Many things can jeopardize the safety of food. Do you know what to do to keep your food safe when severe weather threatens an area?

Agriculture

Europe and the Future of Agriculture – Slow Food
Entering into farming is becoming increasingly difficult; young farmers in Europe are facing many challenges. These include exaggerated prices for farms and farmland, rising competition in the global marketplace and increasing ecological and safety obligations resulting in additional restructuring costs.

How Will 2015’s Absurdly Wet Weather Affect This Year’s Crops? – Modern Farmer
Despite droughts in the west of the country, the coming of El Niño brought the wettest end to a year in 2015 since 1895. So, all good, right? Not so much.

Toxicology

Opioid Abuse Costs Employers Billions – Yahoo
Painkiller abuse is a serious and growing problem for American workers, new research reveals.

Offbeat

So You Want To Eat Snow. Is It Safe? We Asked Scientists – NPR
Many people will see the snow currently blanketing much of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill. Others, think of snow as food.

 

Winter is here: Time to protect your animals

With massive amounts of snow expected along the East Coast and cold winter temperatures creeping across the United States, several weather advisories and safety warnings have been issued over the course of the past few days. These advisories are not just reserved for the human population, however. In a recent article, one veterinarian explains the importance of taking the necessary precautions to keep your pets and livestock safe during the winter months. [ More … ]

Join Neogen at IPPE January 26-28, 2016

IPPE logoHeading to the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta next week? Join Neogen at booth A329 to gain valuable knowledge on food and animal safety subjects, including solutions for raised without antibiotic practices, molecular pathogen detection, ATP sanitation/hygiene monitoring and much more. [ More … ]

Could newborns’ blood predict their food allergies?

Why is it that some kids can scarf peanuts by the handful, but a single nut can cause serious problems for others? A new study might be closer to answering this, as research shows kids who develop food allergies already have blood rich in cells that promote a hyperactive immune response when they are born.

Researchers led by Yuxia Zhang, an immunologist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Australia, studied more than 1,000 newborns and took blood from the children’s umbilical cords to profile the immune cells and molecules floating within. [ More … ]

New bird flu strain found, declared “low-pathogenic”

Egg_Hen_House_BlogA new strain of avian influenza was discovered earlier this week when a number of commercial turkey farms in the Dubois County, Indiana, the largest turkey producing county in the state, tested positive for the virus. However, recent reports have found that the outbreak occurred from a new strain of the virus, known as H7N8, which is a new, low-pathogenic stain compared to H5N2. An outbreak of H5N2 resulted in the depopulation of 7.5 million turkeys and 42.1 million egg-layer and pullet chickens in June 2015.  [ More … ]

Tox Tuesday: Nalbuphine

needle-vaccine-syringe-vial_blogPrescribed by doctors for pain relief, usually after surgery or childbirth, nalbuphine, which is sold under trade names that include Nubain, is a semi-synthetic opioid drug that is often used in place of other powerful pain medication, such as morphine. While available by prescription only, reports of this drug being abused date back several decades and today is responsible for a new HIV epidemic and has also been found in the professional bodybuilding world.

Nalbuphine is explained as essentially the same potency as morphine, but nalbuphine has less potential for abuse as it exhibits a “ceiling effect,” meaning a dose over 30 milligrams does not produce further [ More … ]

Monday links

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

 Animal Science

New Bird Flu Strain Found at More Indiana Farms – ABC News
A new type of bird flu found at one Indiana poultry farm has been found at nine others, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said Saturday.  [ More … ]

Science: Food should be a no fly zone

Fly_whiteBackground_blog_XFlies are less apparent in the winter months but when they make an appearance around your food or drinks, the annoyance and disgust that follows never fails. But, exactly how dangerous are they? Once a fly lands on your sandwich or pop can should you consider it contaminated and throw in out?

One article discusses this occurrence that explains that there are hundreds of different fly species — all that play an important role in the environment by assisting decomposition, pollinating plants and providing food for insectivorous predators. [ More … ]