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Animal safety

Ask the Vet live event on botulism and horses – The Horse.com

It’s almost here! Join Neogen’s Dr. Jim Little and University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Dr. Amy Johnson at 7:50 p.m. EST, Thursday, April 25, for an Ask the Vet Live event on equine botulism, hosted by TheHorse.com.

Human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in China – World Health Organization

So far, 91 cases have been lab confirmed.

China’s slaughter capabilities in a state of flux – National Hog Farmer

As China continues to revamp its food safety system, the hog industry also is undergoing changes.

Reverse sneezing – keep calm and carry on – Fully Vetted

An explanation on some of the strange – but normal – sounds your dog may make.

West Virginia to accept six month equine health certificates – The Horse.com

Six month certificates will eliminate the need for horse owners to renew their permits every 30 days.

Leave the chocolate out of Rover’s celebrations – FoodSafety.gov

Chocolate can be toxic to dogs, and can cause symptoms such as vomiting, hyperactivity, spasms and seizures.

Government monitoring red tide in Hong Kong – The Fish Site

So far, no fish death has been reported.

 

Food safety

As FDA seeks fees to fund food safety, much of industry remains opposed to ideaFood Safety News

The White House’s proposed budget for FY14 includes about $59 million in registration and inspection fees and $166 million in import fees, which many industry groups are opposed to.

FSIS verification activities for production of not ready-to-eat comminuted poultry productsFSIS

The comment period on the proposed not ready-to-eat poultry product rule (read more on that here) closes today.

Horse meat fallout has little impact on beef demand in Europe – Meat and Poultry.com

The horse meat scandal didn’t affect the beef market as much as previously thought.

Beer pong games carry risk of Salmonella, E. coli and Staph germs, research finds – New York Daily News

There may be more than just beer on ping pong balls used in this game.

 

Agriculture

Giant snails invading Florida, “major threat” to crops – National Geographic

These gigantic snails, which often are smuggled into the U.S. as pets, could have serious consequences for Florida agriculture as they eat roughly 500 different species of plants.

China bans California citrus – The Packer

The ban took effect last week, after Chinese officials said they found fruit with Phytophthora syringae (brown rot) in some shipments.

March U.S. milk production down 0.3 percent – Dairy Business

Production also is down 1.1 percent from January-March of last year.

Mexico faces severe drought again – The Pig Site

Reservoirs in some areas have fallen almost 30 percent.

Don’t fret late planting yet – Agriculture.com

Although a big factor, planting date is only one component of a good yield.

 

Corporate

Neogen Newsline: second edition – Neogen

Our newest newsletter is chock of news from around the food industry

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