Buzzkill: new studies link pesticide to bee population decline

Spring is in the air and with it typically comes the sound of buzzing bees floating through the air. Over the past few years, however, the usual buzz many are accustomed to has not been as prevalent as scientists continue to study a variety of factors, ranging from climate change to viruses to loss of […]

CDC: Listeria outbreaks rare but severe

If you were not familiar with Listeria before, there’s a good chance you are now due to the recent recalls of ice cream and hummus which were both recently found to be contaminated with the pathogen. The contaminated ice cream has been linked to several cases of illness and three death within the U.S., while […]

Tox Tuesday: European prisons crack down on ‘legal highs’

Recent reports from multiple European prisons are showing that while the use of illegal drugs continues to decrease inside prison walls, “legal highs” and the violence associated with them, remains on the rise.

Referred to as “legal highs” due to their synthetic make-up, these drugs are chemically engineered to generate similar effects that illegal substances […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Bumblebee genomes create a buzz in the field of pollination – Science Daily Bees play a key role in our ecosystem and in the world’s food supply. Thanks to a […]

Environmental monitoring with ATP testing

Environmental monitoring is becoming increasingly important as FSMA finalization and compliance looms closer. One critical aspect of this is testing the cleanliness of the plant environment, thereby assessing the effectiveness of the facility’s cleaning processes. One of the most common tests for cleanliness is that of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a molecule found in […]

Fungicide applications for reducing FHB and DON

While scientists continually looks for ways to create better disease resistant crops, fungicide applications are considered as a potential solution for present problems such as fusarium head blight (FHB) and deoxynivalenol (DON) contamination.

Both Europe and the U.S. have set strict limits for mycotoxin limits including DON contamination in raw grain, which influences the export […]

Can I eat that? New app warns you before food expires

Do you find yourself throwing away uneaten groceries you forgot were hanging out in the back of your refrigerator? Or wondering if you can still eat that bacon that you accidently left on your counter overnight? Well, a new app from the USDA will now remind you when groceries are about to expire and will […]

I got 8! Test yourself on the Earth Day quiz

First officially celebrated 45 years ago today, World Earth Day reminds people about the abundance of natural resources that we have been provided with and compels us to use them sustainably. The idea was originally proposed by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson after the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, and was established to […]

New Canadian food safety network aims to speed response times

In an effort to improve Canada’s ability to anticipate, detect and respond to food safety risks, the Canadian Federal Government recently announced it will invest C$30.7 million ($24.7 million USD) over the next five years in the country’s own food safety system.

According to a recent article, this investment will help fund the new Food […]

Data from 19 years of trials examines fusarium head blight in wheat

As growing season approaches the issue of fusarium head blight (FHB) in wheat and what can be done to control it, cannot be overlooked. In a recent study, one pathologist and his team looked at nearly two decades of fungicide trials in an effort to find the best way to control the disease.

The findings […]