Biotoxin outbreak impacting California coast sea life

The spread of algal blooms along stretches of the California’s Central Coast has produced an outbreak of a deadly biotoxin, and resulted in the deaths of large numbers of marine animals.

Scientists have identified the marine biotoxin domoic acid as the culprit in the outbreak. Domoic acid is produced by algae and accumulates in shellfish […]

Texas having self-sized problem with rats

While not yet a rat-pocalypse, favorable weather conditions have helped create a spike in rat numbers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, and other areas of Texas.

“We’ve really got a rat explosion,” said Cliff Moore, owner of DFW-based Animal Services Inc, as quoted in the Dallas Observer. “It’s throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, the whole […]

Canada introduces labels for mechanically tenderized beef

Shoppers in Canada can now easily determine if the beef they are considering for purchase has been mechanically tenderized.

In response to a 2012 outbreak of E. coli associated with mechanically tenderized beef (MTB), the Canadian government mandated the use of labels that clearly indicate MTB, and also include instructions to safely prepare the product.

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Monday Mycotoxin Report, August 25

Each week, we are happy to present to you the weekly Monday Mycotoxin Report, sharing data and statistics from the agriculture industry. To learn more about drought, crop yields and mycotoxin levels, please watch the video below.

DON outbreak impacting pockets of U.S. and Canadian wheat

The harvesting of winter wheat in the United States and Canada has brought reports of wheat contaminated with deoxynivalenol (a.k.a., DON and vomitoxin) far in excess of the maximum allowable amounts for use in human food and animal feed.

“Our highest that we’ve seen is 30 parts per million. Typically, the market likes to see […]

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After food safety scares, China retailer offers baby milk insurance – Fox News

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths […]

Have an appetite for pet apps?

I have a little bit of an addiction to my phone. It is constantly in my pocket or within a foot of me, tantalizing me with the numerous games and apps I have on it—not to mention hundreds of pictures of my dog. Much of my life is in that phone: a calorie tracker, […]

Experts eye imported eggs as source of Salmonella outbreak in England

A recent outbreak of Salmonella in England has led authorities to issue warnings concerning the use of imported eggs.

Reports have identified the strain of Salmonella responsible for outbreak as Salmonella enteritidis PT14b, a strain of particular concern to the egg industry. The strain has not been found in eggs in the United Kingdom (UK), […]

Study: PEDv can be spread through feed

A recently published study concludes that the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) can be spread through contaminated animal feed.

The study’s authors state that contaminated animal feed was suspected as the cause of PEDv outbreaks on two farms in Minnesota and one in Iowa. All three farms received an “emergency” shipment of feed in January […]

Severe drought continues in California

Recent heavy thunderstorms have done little to alleviate the severe drought conditions throughout almost all of California.

According the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, “severe” drought covers 99.8% of California. In May, 100% of the state was in “severe” drought.

The LA Times reports that a “series of thunderstorms that have hit California […]