New report from the U.K.’s Food Safety Agency shows increase in number of food incidents last year

A combination of reasons led to an increase in the number of food incidences in the United Kingdom last year from prior years, including a rise in monitoring and reporting.

The Food Safety Agency’s (FSA) Annual Report of Incidents listed 1,714 food incidents in 2011, up from 1,505 in 2010 and 1,208 in 2009, according […]

Michigan legislators look to help fruit farmers who have lost crops

This spring was an especially difficult one for Michigan tree fruit farmers, many of whom lost their entire crop following harsh freezes.

The harvest for tart cherries alone, of which Michigan is the nation’s largest producer, could be down as much as 75 percent from last year and result in the 2012 crop being the […]

FSIS to begin routine sampling in June for six Shiga toxin-producing strains of E. coli in raw beef trimmings

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service today confirmed it will begin “implementing routine verification sampling for six Shiga toxin-producing E. coli” strains in raw beef manufacturing trimmings on June 4.

In addition to E. coli O157:H7, the new sampling measures will look for the O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145 strains of Shiga […]

Arkansas Department of Health director approves emergency rule to ban sale of phenazepam

The sale and distribution of a recreational drug considered to be five times stronger than Valium was banned last week in Arkansas, according to a statement from the Arkansas Department of Health.

The drug, phenazepam (also spelled fenazepam), has seen increased recreational usage in several countries, including the U.S., Finland, Sweden and Norway. Under the […]

To help you kick start your day after the long weekend, here are the belated Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Agriculture

Wheat falls on rain, weather focus turns to Midwest

The weather takes a toll on wheat futures.

New microloan proposal helps small farmers avoid high-interest credit card and personal loans

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Grilling this weekend? Here are some food safety tips to help you out

Ah, the long weekend. You’ve earned it.

Monday is Memorial Day, which marks a time to remember those who died serving in the U.S. military.

Always the last Monday in May, many have the day off from work and mark it with family gatherings, barbeques and parades.

Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971, […]

Prepping pets for summer

Summer is upon us. And for our family members that have permanent fur coats that means a few extra precautions to prevent overheating.

Here are a few tips to make sure your pets are happy and healthy throughout summer:

Taking a walk on a hot day? Bring water for you and your pup. Dogs (and […]

FDA to host public meeting on FSMA and international capacity building

Want to chat with the FDA about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and imports? You’ll have a chance June 19, when the agency hosts a public meeting to discuss the international capacity building portion of the legislation.

Under FSMA, the FDA must develop a plan to increase the scientific, regulatory and technical food safety […]

Protecting animal and human health in the pet food industry

There have been big changes in the food industry recently, and more are coming as laws stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) get implemented. But it isn’t just human food that’s affected by the legislation – food for our furry family members also falls under FSMA.

The new rules include verifying and certifying […]

Tuesday reads: The history of the noble chicken

Parenting model. Religious symbol. Inspiration for battle. …Culinary delight?

Yes, we’re talking about chicken.

So is Smithsonian Magazine in its food issue, which featured chicken as its cover story, specifically the history and significance of the feathery fowl.

Some interesting facts from the article:

The Greek army lead by Themistocles reportedly was inspired to victory […]