No rule publication dates yet, but details about FSMA rules continue to emerge

Curious about what’s going on with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules? You’re in good company.

The food industry still is waiting for rules on imports, produce and preventative controls for human and animal food. And, with July 3 closing in as the date the preventative controls rules are slated to go into effect, […]

University of Kentucky to host International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases

Want to learn more about equine infectious diseases? Check out the 9th International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases in October.

The five day conference, hosted by the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, will feature sessions on parasitic and infectious diseases as well as presentations on diagnostics, immunology and disease agents.

There […]

Update: Quarantine on Colorado horse facility lifted after EHV-1 diagnosis

Good news from Colorado – a quarantine has been lifted on a facility following a diagnosis of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) last month.

The facility has been quarantined since May, when a horse brought into the state from Iowa had to be euthanized after displaying severe neurological symptoms stemming from the virus.

No other horses at […]

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Life sciences

Microbial menagerie—The Scientist

Why humans really aren’t all that human at all.

Food safety

Food Safety Magazine –June/July issue

The most recent issue has articles on why food packages […]

New type of fake chicken hits shelves

What does fake meat taste like?

Just like chicken, according to some.

A new chicken substitute product, made from soy, pea powder, carrot fiber and gluten-free flour, bares the closest resemblance to the feathery fowl in taste and texture, according to some who have tried it.

According to ABC News, several retailers in San Francisco […]

Japan to ban sale of raw beef liver in restaurants

Come July 1, it will be illegal to serve raw beef liver in restaurants in Japan.

The move comes after recent tests that show E. coli O157:H7 – the strain of E. coli responsible for most infections of the pathogen – was found not only on the exterior of raw liver, but also the interior, […]

Special edition links: National Dairy Month

Check out our very special midweek links post just for National Dairy Month.

Dairy groups applaud U.S. –Russia trade legislation introduction – Dairy Herd Network

The U.S. soon could export dairy products to Russia, after legislation was introduced this week to extend the Permanent Normal Trade Relations to the country after it joins the World […]

Report: As household budgets shrink, food safety risks increase

The economy’s effect on people’s pocketbooks may also indicate they’re more willing to eat risky leftovers, according to research from the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The report, “Food safety on a budget,” found that approximately 97 percent of those interviewed believed the cost of their usual grocery shopping trips had gone up “significantly” […]

CDC report: 14 confirmed cases of E. coli O145 across six states

E. coli

Investigators still are searching for the source of an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in six states that led to the death of a 21-month-old Louisiana girl.

So far, 14 people have been confirmed to be infected with E. coli O145. Of those, three people were hospitalized and one, a […]

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Food safety

FSIS laboratory to perform alternative testing on select Salmonella serotypes –FSIS

Beginning July 9, the Food Safety and Inspection Service will use the Centers for Disease Control and […]