Tox Wednesday: Barbiturates


One of the oldest sedatives in use, barbiturates are depressant drugs that cause relaxation and sleepiness. They are often prescribed to patients with sleep disorders and mental illnesses to calm them and induce sleep by depressing the central nervous system.

The history of the drug goes back to 1864 when barbituric […]

How sweet it is: Honey fights antibiotic resistance

[ SPANISH ] Low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, honey has long been considered one of the world’s super foods. Not only is it a natural sweetener, but honey has many healing properties. Records dating back to first Egyptian dynasty showcase the importance of the sweet nectar. In Niuserre’s Sun temple, hieroglyphics showcase bee-keepers. […]

Back to the future: Food in space

[ SPANISH ] Throwback Thursday is taking a step back to what was once considered the future of science: space travel. From the initial launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik in October 1957, to hopefully landing humans on the surface of Mars in the 2030s, space travel has evolved astronomically (see what I did there?) […]

Salts of the earth

[ SPANISH ] Halite is the natural form of salt, found in solid masses and as a dissolved solution in oceans and salt lakes. Halite is also known as table salt, and because of clever marketing, is associated with a little girl walking in the rain. It ranges in color based on impurities from deep […]

Safety matters: Grilling ground beef

[ SPANISH ] Keep your fingers crossed, wish on your lucky rabbit’s foot, find a four-leaf clover and look for a shooting star. I don’t mean to get you too excited, but spring may finally be here. With Memorial Day less than a week away in the United States, people are pulling their grills out […]

What you need to know this week

[ SPANISH ] Every Monday morning, we bring to you the latest news in the food and animal safety industries, scouring the internet for your must-know topics of the week. What’s in the news lately? Read on to find out:


The deadly effects of homebrewed alcohol

[ SPANISH ] At least 83 are dead following what began as a casual night of drinking — and it was locally brewed alcohol that was the culprit of the deaths.

Homebrewing is on the rise. In a June 2013 press release from the Brewers Association, it was cited that homebrewing sales in the U.S. […]

How did “The Jungle” change the food industry?

[ SPANISH ] There are many books that have changed culture: from the works of William Shakespeare that introduced more than 1,700 words to the English language, to other books affecting baby names — for instance, Khaleesi from George R. R. Martin’s epic saga, A Song of Ice and Fire series and popular HBO show […]

Farmers on alert for worldwide drought, flood risk

[ SPANISH ] Not everyone is happy with the steadily increasing temperatures after a brutal winter. In fact, the rising temperatures can mean anything but good news, according to a report issued from Australia.

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has recently cited temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean, saying that the surface is growing increasingly warm, […]

Tox Tuesday: Benzodiazepines

[ SPANISH ] The long explanation involves the enhancement of the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at the GABAA receptor, which results in sedative, sleep-inducing properties.

The short explanation?