Study: Eczema may be linked to food allergy development

Scientists have known for a while that eczema and food allergies are linked, but a new study shows the skin condition may actually play a role in the development of allergies.

Children with skin barrier issues, such as eczema, are more than six times more likely to have food allergies than children without the condition, […]

Risk of Salmonella in tree nuts to be assessed

Outbreaks of Salmonella related to tree nuts in the past decade has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the public health risk and search for additional preventive measures.

The risk assessment not only will help FDA quantify the health risk posed by Salmonella in tree nuts but it also will look […]

Oak disease threatens U.K. trees

Courtesy of the Forestry Commission via Wikimedia Commons.

Scientists know little about a fatal oak tree disease that has cropped up increasingly in recent years.

Acute oak decline (AOD) first appeared in the United Kingdom (U.K.) 20 to 30 years ago; however, it seems to be on the rise. The disease causes mature oak […]

FDA publishes interview on FSMA produce rule

As the comment period for the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) produce rule continues, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published more information it hopes will help answer questions about the rule.

In an interview posted on the FDA’s website, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Mike Taylor answers some common questions […]

Happy Monday! Here are your weekly links

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Food safety

FSMA implementation timeline set – Feed & Grain

A court ruled the final Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules must be published in the Federal Register by June 30, […]

Study: “Bath salts” may be more addictive than meth

Image courtesy of the U.S. DEA.

A synthetic drug commonly known as bath salts may be more addictive than methamphetamine, which is widely regarded as being one of the world’s most addictive substances.

The study showed rats who could get doses of bath salts (technically 3,4-methylenedioypyrovalerone, or MDPV) by pressing a lever would press […]

American dog lineages linked to pre-Columbian breeds

Traces of the Americas’ ancient dog breeds can still be found in some of today’s furriest (and not so furry) dogs.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows many dog breeds native to the Americas are not descended from European dog breeds. Instead, they share their lineage with dogs […]

Groups fight COOL

Some of the meat industry’s largest trade groups are challenging the U.S.’s newest version of its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

The eight groups, which represent producers in the beef and pork industries from across North America, say COOL violates the U.S. Constitution by “compelling speech in the form of costly and detailed labels on meat […]

Tox Tuesday: Fentanyl

For those who take fentanyl, the effects are almost the same as heroin.

This synthetic opiate is about 80 times stronger than morphine (certain types used as large animal tranquilizers are about 10,000 times the strength of morphine). Fentanyl was created in Belgium in the 1950s and was put into medical use as an anesthetic […]

Recover from the long weekend with the Monday links

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Neogen acquires SyrVet Incorporated – Neogen

Neogen’s animal safety offerings continue to grow.


Food safety

EFSA reports on Listeria levels in certain ready-to-eat foods – European Food Safety Authority […]