It’s that time again – here are your 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

Ractopamine talks leave U.S. and Russia in a stalemate – The Pig Site

The two countries have slated another round of talks over ractopamine for Wednesday.

For a statement […]

FDA to hold meeting on FSMA import rule, third party accreditation

Those interested will have several opportunities to attend public meetings hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about two proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules.

The first meeting will cover the foreign supplier verification rule, which requires importers to ensure foods and animal feed being shipped the U.S. are “produced in a […]

Court halts further FSMA deadline extensions

A northern California District Court judge has ruled the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may not extend Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) deadlines further.

The August 13 ruling is part of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS) against the FDA over FSMA policy deadlines the agency has missed. Congress had ordered […]

Soil moisture results measured from space validated

Objects in space can tell us a lot about Earth – gravitational pull, meteorite fragments in craters and now soil moisture.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have validated soil moisture results collected by satellites launched by the European Space Agency’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission. The […]

Collaboration to improve Canadian plant research

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are teaming up to improve plant health.

The project will bring researchers from both groups together to improve collaboration and increase efficiencies as they work to find ways to improve plant health, including the elimination of the plum pox virus, which affects stone […]

Start the new week off 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.

Food safety

Oceana study: “Fish fraud” ripping off American consumers – Food Safety News

Following up on its earlier fish fraud study, a new Oceana report found consumers can lose a […]

System helps detect foodborne illness through Twitter

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, but in this case it’s what you tweet that may be more important.

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a system called nEmesis that analyzes millions of tweets to zero-in on people posting about foodborne illness after visiting a restaurant. The system not […]

FDA extends comment periods on preventive controls, produce rule

Following the release of two new proposed rules last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has extended the comment period on two previously-released rules to give interested parties extra time to consider connections between them.

In its announcement of the foreign supplier verification and third party audit rules in July, the FDA noted […]

FSA to open land for grazing, haying to help ranchers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) is offering assistance to ranchers hit by the severe drought in parts of the U.S.

Under defined conditions, ranchers and farmers affected by persistent drought will be able to temporarily use certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for grazing and haying. Farmers and ranchers who […]

Tox Tuesdays: PMA

Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (via Wikimedia Commons)

Appearances can be deceiving when it comes to PMA.

Paramethoxyamphetamine (PMA) is a structural analog of ecstasy (MDMA) and often looks very similar to ecstasy. Unlike ecstasy, PMA isn’t necessarily sought out. Rather, some researchers believe many people who take PMA think it is […]