Catching up on the news with the Monday links

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

FDA seeks comments on IFT report on product tracing pilotsCFSAN constituent update

Comments on the study, which investigated ways to effectively and quickly track food, are due 30 days from March 5.

Stakeholders offer broad range of feedback on FSMA in first public meeting – Food Safety News

Although the majority of the comments supported the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), many attendees had questions about implementation.

California warns of health risk in Marin County shellfish – Food Safety News

The shellfish may contain toxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), which affects the central nervous system and can be fatal.

Constituent update – FSIS

From the Codex Alimentarius to export requirement updates, this latest update has a ton of new information about what’s going on at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Fly screens may reduce Campylobacter among broiler chickens – Food Safety News

Flies play a major role in spreading Campylobacter, which causes intestinal illness.

Gluten sensitivity: What does it really mean? – Scientific American

Scientific American breaks down the newest gluten issue.

Vilsack: Under sequestration, USDA cannot avoid furloughing meat inspectors – Food Safety News

The furloughs would impact inspectors in more than 6,000 plants.

 

Animal safety

Cambodia issues new directive to stop bird fluWorld Poultry

The directive follows the deaths of eight people from bird flu since the beginning of the year.

New help for overweight pets – Fully Vetted

At least half of all dogs and cats are overweight, but a new protocol is available to help pets lose weight.

Researchers look to “good” stomach bacteria to help poultry fend off Salmonella – Phys.org

The end goal is to reduce Salmonella infection among humans.

 

Agriculture

Feds: Drought conditions may persist in late spring – Farm World

About 56 percent of the U.S. still is in drought.

Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder – Reuters

High levels of aflatoxin, a carcinogenic mycotoxin, were found in imported corn.

Much of Central Valley an ag disaster area – Central Valley Business Times

Three counties in California’s Central Valley were declared natural disaster zones, along with seven other California counties.

 

 

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