Lansing business growing due to European meat scare

Mar 14, 2013

A Lansing company is seeing a silver lining to the recent horsemeat scare in Europe.

Neogen builds tests to verify the purity of different types of meat.

Business has been growing steadily in the last quarter.

That was when European beef began showing up with horse meat mixed in.

Neogen’s Vice President of Food Safety is Ed Bradley.

He says meat processors and grocery chains are now using Neogen’s tests to ensure they’re getting what they pay for.  “The interest in horse meat because of the situation in Europe is by far the largest, but the awareness that something like this could happen has increased the interest in the other tests as well.”

He adds that meat processors and grocery chains can be confident they’re getting what they pay for in just a half hour.  “After you collect your sample, within just a bit over a half hour you can say yes good to go or no I need to reject this product.”

Bradley says the tests detect impurities of just 1-percent and require minimal training.

- Chris Zollars, Michigan Radio Newsroom