Catch up on the news with the Monday links

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Don’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

Vilsack: Let WTO resolve the country-of-origin labeling – Food Safety News

The U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law should be decided by the World Trade Organization (WTO) rather than included in the Farm Bill, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary said during an event last week.

Read more on COOL here.

PMA, United Fresh proposed sweeping changes to FSMA rulesThe Produce News

Both groups had extensive comments on the produce rule.

School access to epinephrineFood Allergy Research & Education

Last week, President Obama signed a new law that encourages the stocking of epinephrine pens to treat those who have a serious allergic reaction, including those with food allergies.

Meat research call: The effectiveness of surface treatment in reducing microbiological contamination – Food Standards Agency (FSA)

The FSA is looking for additional research on surface contamination and undercooked meat products.

Should vodka be marketed as gluten-free? – Scientific American

Following a 2012 ruling, gluten-free vodkas are now able to be sold and marketed as such.

 

Animal safety

Ask the Vet Live to host botulism session – Neogen blog

Neogen’s Dr. Little will join The Horse.com for an Ask the Vet Live session on equine botulism at 8 p.m. EST, Thursday, Nov. 21. To sign up for a reminder email or submit a question, click here.

10 biosecurity tips from top equine health experts – The Horse

Equine experts offer their best biosecurity advice.

 

Agriculture

Researchers uncover origins of cattle farming in China – University of York

Researchers have uncovered evidence that suggests cattle domestication was present in China about 10,000 years ago – around the same time cattle were being domesticated in the Near East.

Seedling pathogen research is just the beginning – Ag Professional

New research into pathogens that affect seedling crops aims to identify the major causes of soybean seed blight as well as find new ways to protect the young crops.

 

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