|CONTACT: Stacy Dixon, Neogen Corporation, 517/372-9200|
LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 9, 2014 — Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered two of Neogen’s agricultural disinfectants as being effective against the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).
As part of the EPA’s registration process, the agency evaluates each product’s efficacy to make sure the public health label claims are accurate.
The registration allows Neogen to add a label claim of effectiveness against PEDv to its DC&R® Disinfectant and BioSentry BioPhene™ Disinfectant products. An earlier study demonstrated the products’ “complete inactivation” of the PEDv organism when tested in accordance with current Good Laboratory Practice protocols commonly used to evaluate disinfectants.
Neogen’s disinfectants shown to be effective against PEDv:
- DC&R Disinfectant, EPA Reg. No. 61282-59, is a unique vapor phase disinfectant with a neutral pH, and is non-corrosive.
- BioSentry BioPhene Disinfectant, EPA Reg. No. 61282-53, is a phenolic derivative disinfectant that is effective on hard surfaces, and other areas where organic load may be an issue in and around farm premises.
PEDv can devastate a population of nursing pigs, with mortality approaching 100%, and can significantly impact the performance of adult pigs. The virus is not transmissible to humans and does not affect food safety.
The virus was first reported in the United Kingdom in 1971, and has since been found in the several other countries in Europe and Asia. The first confirmed case of PEDv in Canada was reported in January 2014. Pigs infected with PEDv, which is transmitted through a fecal-oral route or via fomites in the pigs’ environment (e.g., boots, brushes, buckets, etc.), may show varying symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration. Recovery, when possible, can take a week to 10 days.
For more information, contact Neogen at 859/254-1221.
Neogen Corporation develops and markets products dedicated to food and animal safety. The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect foodborne bacteria, natural toxins, food allergens, drug residues, plant diseases and sanitation concerns. Neogen’s Animal Safety Division is a leader in the development of animal genomics, along with the manufacturing and distribution of a variety of animal healthcare products, including diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, veterinary instruments, wound care and disinfectants