Foodborne illnesses are more common than people believe. These infections are not only common but costly, and also very preventable. Every year, one in six Americans get sick from consuming the wrong food or drink. Unfortunately, because there are so many different microbes and pathogens that can cause disease, there are also many different types of infections.
With more than 250 different foodborne diseases now described, each has its own set of symptoms, and some have lethal results. Normally, a person contaminated will suffer from temporary nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, or diarrhea, but because of the variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in certain foods, these contaminated foods can also cause long-term health problems, or even death.
The hardest aspect of food safety is controlling the various times at which food can get contaminated. The food supply process today is extremely complicated and comes with its own set of very strict rules. However, there are many opportunities for food contamination to take place. These include on-farm production, harvesting or slaughtering, processing, storage, transport, and distribution.
Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG) a company that develops, manufactures, and markets various products and services relating to food and animal safety, has, for its mission, to be the leading food and animal safety company, keeping people and animals safe throughout the food making and marketing process.
The company keeps food and animals safe from inside the farm gate through to the moment it arrives on people’s plates. From intervention products to diagnostic products, NEOG provides test kits, instrument systems, consumables, culture media, software, and services for the food safety market. It also provides a complete line of veterinary diagnostics, instruments, pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, disinfectants, and rodenticides for the safety of animals.
Although many companies today have replaced traditional lab methods with more modern test formats, Neogen still believes in the time-tested methods discovered and developed in the mid-1800’s. The company serves this market with its Acumedia dehydrated culture media lines and competes in each segment of the Food Safety market. It now has some of the world’s top food and animal producers and processors as clients, and offers more than 400 products to the market.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Neogen.com