Processing and production for meat, poultry and seafood companies come with significant challenges and Neogen has the tools for any food safety program.
Neogen’s food allergen tests and pathogen detection tests help companies comply with USDA and other worldwide food safety regulations. Neogen tests help facilities avoid issues such as cross contamination involving allergens and pathogens including Listeria, E.coli 0157:H7 and Salmonella. Neogen helps facilities work alongside the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to provide data, insights, and verification needed for compliance with the most current regulations.
Neogen also leads the industry in sanitation verification and hygiene monitoring programs including ATP testing. Partnering with Neogen helps your organization deliver feedback and metrics on standard sanitation operating procedures (SSOPs), food safety improvements and verification of HACCP programs. Neogen helps you do this easier and with better information making your programs more meaningful and impactful.
Meat is a food that often has added value ingredients e.g. breaded hams, meats with sauces, sausages etc. Often suppliers to meat processors handle other allergens (e.g. nuts) on their production sites. Neogen works alongside many major meat manufacturers and processors with strict allergen testing plans to ensure the integrity of their supply chain and also to ensure that their own products are not at risk of cross contamination.
Neogen has developed industry leading products such as Alert®, Reveal® 3D and Veratox® to solidify your allergen testing program. Components of an allergen control program include a validation as well as routine verification, hence the development of Neogen’s allergen handbook and validation and verification guide. These documents are available to those in the industry and also cover best practices such as when to test for allergens, how to test, and recommendations for testing frequency.
Sanitation and hygiene are critical throughout the supply chains of the meat, poultry and seafood industry. Neogen’s ATP system, AccuPoint® Advanced, delivers a sanitation program that allows you to gain metrics and begin improving and verifying SSOPs and sanitation requirements. AccuPoint Advanced has been approved by the AOAC Research Institute as part of their Performance Tested MethodsSM (PTM) program and provides customers even more confidence than ever before. In addition, Industry leading innovations for Neogen’s AccuPoint Advanced include RFID technology, liquid stable enzymes to improve accuracy and reliability and industry leading Data Manager Software.
Pathogen diagnostic tests rely on the growth of the pathogen of concern to a high concentration for detection. Acumedia® provides dehydrated culture media used for the enrichment of Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Listeria and Listeria monocytogenes. Acumedia EZ Prep helps remove costly and time consuming steps in media preparation. Whichever solution, Neogen's quality ingredients, consistent product, and on-time delivery, make Acumedia enrichment media the right choice for your pathogen platform.
Genomic services are available through NeoSeek™, Neogen’s platform for genomic testing. These services include shiga toxin producing E.coli confirmation testing, Salmonella serotyping and meat species identification. NeoSeek offers next level information for samples that traditional cultural or screening methods are not able to attain and is offered through GeneSeek Laboratories in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Meat and poultry companies rely heavily on microbiological testing and their results. Neogen’s broad range of microbiology technology provides critical tools for all aspects of food safety testing within meat and poultry processing. From results as innocuous as total plate counts of an environmental sample, to confirmation of shiga toxin E.coli (STECs). Neogen’s technologies for microbiological identification and confirmation range from traditional to genomic. Finding the right test for your application is critical and by using Neogen’s tests, you can achieve all of your microbiological needs in one place.
Natural toxins and mycotoxins are of critical importance to much of the meat and poultry industry. Animal feed contaminated with mycotoxins including aflatoxin and vomitoxin (DON) have negative impacts on animal health, and performance. Neogen test kits come in a variety of forms, including easy-to-use quantitative assays designed for feed mill receiving verification.
Adulterants, growth promoters and other drug residues often create issues with exportation, market access, and label claims. Neogen helps with verifying and validation of products to show auditors, customers, and potential buyers that these adulterants, growth promoters or other types of residues are absent in products. One of the recent growth promoters of importance is Ractopamine.
Ractopamine is a beta-agonist drug added to feed to promote lean muscle in animals raised for meat. Neogen’s Ractopamine Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests are used for animal feed testing and intended to screen cattle, swine and turkey feed samples for the presence of Ractopamine. These one-step screening tests easily detect the presence of Ractopamine at set levels. Neogen also offers its Ractopamine Microwell ELISA for cattle and swine, urine and tissue testing, which is approved by USDA.
Neogen offers seafood and shellfish analysis test kits to detect various marine biotoxins. These toxins include amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP), paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), histamine, and sulfites. Marine biotoxins are produced by harmful algal blooms (HABs) that are unpredictable and can occur worldwide. These HABs, commonly called red tides, contaminate seafood and shellfish and can potentially cause human and wildlife mortality.
Each of the test kits compare samples against known levels of toxin, and provide results in minutes. Each requires only a minimal amount of training and equipment. All are compatible with the European Union Commission and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permitted levels.
Meat species identification helps processors verify and show the product they are producing is the correct species (i.e. pork, beef, poultry, sheep and horse). The verification of a species of meat helps with adhering to certain religious laws, such as HALAL and Kosher. Using Neogen’s assays also helps receivers of meat verify that the product has not been blended with a lower value meat product, such as economically motivated adulteration.