Neogen Corp was formed as a Michigan corporation in June 1981 and actual operations began in 1982. The Company and subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a diverse line of products dedicated to food and animal safety. The Company's food safety segment consists of diagnostic test kits and complementary products sold to food producers and processors to detect dangerous and/or unintended substances in human food and animal feed, such as foodborne pathogens, spoilage organisms, natural toxins, food allergens, genetic modifications, ruminant by-products, drug residues, pesticide residues and general sanitation concerns. These products are marketed by company sales personnel in North America, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe, Mexico and Brazil and by distributors through the rest of the world. The majority of the tests are disposable, single-use, immunoassay and DNA detection products that rely on the Company's proprietary antibodies and RNA and DNA testing methodologies to produce rapid and accurate test results. The Company's expanding line of food safety products also includes bioluminescence-based diagnostic technology. It operates in two primary business areas: the Food Safety segment, which develops and markets products for the detection of pathogens, natural toxins, allergens and other unwanted substances in food and feed products; and the Animal Safety segment, which develops and markets products and services dedicated to animal health. The products of food safety segment consist of diagnostic test kits and complementary products marketed to food and feed producers and processors to detect dangerous and/or unintended substances in food and animal feed, such as foodborne pathogens, spoilage organisms, natural toxins, food allergens, genetic modifications, ruminant by-products, drug residues, pesticide residues and general sanitation concerns. Animal Safety's NeogenVet product line provides value-added products to the veterinary market. Top NeogenVet products include PanaKare, a digestive aid that serves as a replacement therapy where digestion of protein, carbohydrate and fat is inadequate due to exocrine pancreatic insufficiency; Natural Vitamin E-AD, which aids in the prevention and treatment of vitamin deficiencies in swine, cattle and sheep; and RenaKare, a supplement for potassium deficiency in cats and dogs. It manufactures its products in Lansing, Michigan; Lexington, Kentucky; Randolph, Wisconsin and Ayr, Scotland. The Company competes on the basis of ease of use, speed, accuracy and other similar performance characteristics of its products. It is subject to substantial governmental regulation.
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