EU displeased with Codex Alimentarius ractopamine ruling

The Council of the European Union has voiced concerns regarding a ruling earlier this year that set a maximum residue limit for a veterinary drug used to increase growth in some livestock and poultry, while keeping the animals lean.

The Council took aim at the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which creates international food standards and guidelines, […]

Neogen reps to appear on Horse Talk LIVE to raise awareness about disease

Neogen’s Laura Hadley and Greg Hastings will join Rood and Riddle Equine Veterinary Hospital’s Dr. Bonnie Barr and horse owner Jeremy Whited on Rural TV’s Horse Talk LIVE to discuss equine botulism and dispel myths surrounding the risk of botulism. The program will air at 3 p.m. Eastern time today and again at 9 p.m. […]

Getting ready for Sandy: Food and animal preparedness

Image courtesy of NOAA

The East Coast is bracing for the landfall of Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that has prompted states of emergency to be declared in several states.

Forecasters predict the storm will make landfall Monday night between New Jersey and Delaware, but its effects will be felt almost 500 miles from […]

Here are the 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.

Food safety

Poll shows food safety confidence slightly decreased this year – Food Safety News

People are less confident in U.S. food safety than last year, according to a new report.

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Report: Despite food safety reforms, illnesses continue to rise

Almost 2,000 Americans fell ill from foods related to recalls in the past year, despite the passage of legislation to make food safer, according to a report from the U.S. Public Interest Group (U.S. PIRG).

Contaminated food – not just those linked to recalls – sickens approximately 48 million Americans annually and costs more than […]

Study: Eating fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer

The phrase “eat your vegetables,” might take on more important meaning after new research claims thousands of cancer cases could be prevented if people ate more produce, according to a recent peer-reviewed study.

If half the U.S. population ate one more serving of fruit or vegetables a day, about 20,000 cases of cancer could be […]

Deadline approaching for revised food facility registration mandated by FSMA

Food facilities have until the end of the year to register with the FDA.

The registration, which originally was implemented under the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, was updated under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act to require more information from food producers. The revision also requires food facilities to re-register with the FDA each even-numbered year, […]

More than half of cats and dogs in U.S. overweight

There’s a lot in the news about human obesity, but it seems the trend has transferred to our furry friends.

More than 50 percent of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight, with 20 percent being obese, according to an article from The Atlantic, which cites estimates from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

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Start off the week right with the 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

Report warns of regional food security challenges – AllAboutFeed.net

In short, global food demand can’t be met unless agriculture increases.

U.S. egg exports total 23.9 million dozen – The Poultry […]

Dog that lost half of snout saving two girls to get reconstructive surgery

Image courtesy of www.careforkabang.com.

Kabang is a brave girl.

The 2-year-old shepherd mix from the Philippines is slated to undergo facial reconstructive surgery at UC Davis in California after losing part of her snout to save two children.

In 2011, Kabang threw herself into a motorcycle that was about to hit two young girls […]