Gearing up for a new week 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

June 22 constituent update – FSIS

How to reduce the chance of catching a foodborne illness after a wildfire, new chloramphenicol testing protocols and an extended comment period for HACCP validation – it’s been busy at the USDA.

Pasta made from green banana flour a tasty alternative for gluten-free diets – SciGuru

On a gluten-free diet? Green banana flour might be the answer to preserving taste and healthfulness in alternative products such as gluten-free pastas.

Former BPI employee plans to file suit over LFTB backlash – Food Safety News

A former employee is fighting back against “pink slime” broadcasters and others.

Keeping food safe when the power goes out – FoodSafety.gov

It’s not a cure for being afraid of the dark, but these tips will help keep food from giving you a case of the ick.

Study: Norovirus infection rates correlate with Google search trends for symptoms – Food Safety News

Tracking norovirus outbreaks through Google searches for symptoms is highly accurate. Norovirus still is bad news.

USDA offers food safety tips in advance of this season’s hurricanes – USDA

Add food safety to the pre-hurricane preparations checklist.

India to implement national street food safety standards – Gulf News

India looks to clean up street food standards.

FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act needs funding to protect food supply – Kalamazoo Gazette

Years after her daughter contracted Hepatitis A from tainted strawberries, Kathy Dopp shares why the Food Safety Modernization Act matters.

Animal safety

California grooming bill still excessive, PIJAC warns – Veterinary Practice News

A pet industry group is fighting against a California bill that would place new certification requirements on pet groomers.

Planning for equine evacuations during hurricanes – TheHorse.com

Tips on how to make evacuation easier on owners and their horses.

Rabies found in Georgia horse; six people exposed to virus – TheHorse.com

The six people who were exposed to the virus are receiving treatment.

Botulism impact “great,” biologists say the battle is “really frustrating” – The Maui News

Dozens of endangered birds have died from botulism in recent days. A different strain of the bacteria also is deadly to horses.

Agriculture

Foodie News – State of Michigan

Catch up with what’s going on in Michigan agriculture.

Midwest drought now serious, but not yet disaster – Farm World

Illinois and Indiana are experiencing drier-than-normal conditions.

Tomato farmers expect improved yields and prices – AgAlert

This year’s tomato crop is shaping up to be a good one for U.S. farmers.

U.K. farmers adapt to climate change – Scientific American

Whether it’s abnormal weather patterns or climate change, U.K. farmers know one thing for sure – the weather is changing.

Corporate

Gov. Rick Snyder switches up cabinet, appoints agriculture director to run DNR – mlive.com

Neogen’s former director of industry affairs was appointed to run the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Congrats!

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