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Food safety

NFU to USDA: Reject COOL rule extension requestThe Pig Site

A group of organizations that support the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law is pushing back against a request from groups opposed to the law to extend the law’s implementation period.

Read more about COOL here.

FDA guidelines on using color additives in pet foodAll About Feed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided a new guidance document on compliance with a 2011 regulation regarding color additives in pet food.

China to comply with WTO poultry ruling – World Poultry

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has said China violated WTO rules when it imposed duties on U.S. broiler products.

Students win seed money to make flour from insects – NPR’s The Salt

Grasshoppers (and other insects) are the main ingredients in new “power flours”.

Senator seeks answers on China food safety inspections – Poultry Times

The move comes after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recent reaffirmation of equivalency for certain Chinese companies, which will allow them to ship processed chicken to the U.S.

 

Animal safety

Insight: Oklahoma winds may spread deadly swine virusReuters

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has hit the U.S. pork industry hard since it was first detected in May.

Virginia Racing Commission adopts model drug rulesThe Horse

The rules set thresholds on 24 therapeutic drugs.

Is there any reason to panic over new dog virus?Fully Vetted

Officials believe the illness, which has sickened dogs in Ohio, may be the result of a circovirus.

 

Agriculture

Corn Belt’s drought woes won’t end in 2013Ag Professional

About half of the Midwest is in some form of drought.

Corn opens higher Monday – Agriculture.com

Corn was up 2 cents.

Tips to reduce aflatoxin in corn during harvest and storage – AgWeb

Proper storage and drying is key to preventing aflatoxin contamination.

 

Toxicology

Overdoses attributed to club drug “molly” increase – USA Today

Health officials say often people don’t know what substance they’re actually taking.

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