A midsummer’s Monday links

Salad_wBeans&Tuna_blogDon’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

Investigation of an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in the United StatesU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

So far, 321 cases of Cyclospora infection have been identified. Although officials have yet to pinpoint a cause, fresh produce is suspected as it has been associated with previous outbreaks.

Organizations take COOL to court – Meat & Poultry

Nine groups that filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law filed an injunction Friday to halt implementation of the rule.

Read more on COOL.

Mold toxins tied to AIDS epidemic – The New York Times

A new study shows people with HIV who have been exposed to aflatoxin had a higher viral load than those who hadn’t been exposed.

New interactive web tools explain complex food safety processes – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The goal is to help people understand food safety protocols.

 

Animal safety

Half of American cats don’t get regular veterinary care – Veterinary Practice News

The study indicates this may be because cats tend to hide illness or injury and because of personality differences.

Staff Sgt. Reckless honored at Marine Corps Museum – The Horse

During the Korean War, the equine Staff Sgt. Reckless carried ammunition to the front lines and helped boost morale among troops.

Stepped up biosecurity first line of defense against PEDV infection – The Pig Site

Biosecurity, including proper cleaning and disinfection, is vital in preventing the spread of the disease.

New H7N9 cases impacts poultry recovery in China – World Poultry

There has only been one new human case reported in July; however, China’s poultry markets still are trying to recover from cases and market closures earlier this year.

 

Agriculture

Dairy farm numbers drop in the state – Wisconsin State Farmer

Wisconsin lost 600 dairy farms last year.

Corn extends drop to 33-month low on U.S. crop; soybeans decline – Bloomberg

After a run of hot weather, cooler-than-normal temperatures may delay maturity.

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