Get caught up on the news with the Monday links

Dairy_Farm_665847_blogDon’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.

Agriculture

Editor’s note: Tomorrow is National Agriculture Day in the U.S., a time to recognize the contributions of U.S. agriculture. It falls during National Agriculture Week, which begins today and runs through Friday. For more information on Ag Day, visit www.agday.org.

Wine revolution: As drinkers and growers, U.S. declares independence – NPR’s The Salt

The number of American wineries has skyrocketed from only about 400 in the 1970’s to more than 7,000 today.

Iowa halts aflatoxin testing for milk – Farm World

The state began testing for aflatoxin, a carcinogenic mycotoxin derived from certain types of fungi, last August in the midst of the worst drought in decades. However, the lack of any positive tests since last November has prompted the state to call off testing.

France sets new course for agriculture – The Poultry Site

France looks to head in a new direction with agriculture after 50 years of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Food safety

Neogen responding to horse meat in beef concernsNeogen

The increase in testing follows the discovery of horse meat and swine DNA in beef products in the United Kingdom in January.

For more from Neogen blog on this story, click here.

More than 13,000 dead pigs turn up in Shanghai waters – Food Safety News

The discovery led to amped up food and water safety testing in Shanghai.

Animal safety

China and UN boost ties on animal disease control – The Pig Site

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations recently designated China’s first animal influenza reference center this month, opening up further cooperation between the UN and China.

Contraceptive shot approved for wild horses – Fully Vetted

The shot will be used to control wild horse populations.

USDA predicts higher red meat and poultry production in 2013 – Farm World

Overall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has predicted a 0.4 percent increase in production from 2012.

Toxicology

Crack down on cannabis, world body tells U.S. – Reuters

Following Colorado and Washington’s legalization of marijuana last year, an international watch group raised concerns about breaking a UN treaty against recreational marijuana use of which U.S. is a signatory.

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