Get in the know with the Monday Links

Can you believe it, we’re already at our last Monday Links for July! This year is going by quickly—and lots of news, too. Read below for your latest in food safety, toxicology and agricultural news.

FOOD INDUSTRY

U.S. and Mexico to enter formal produce safety partnership (Food Safety News)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality and the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks signed a statement of intent in mid-July to form a partnership centered on fresh agricultural products. The countries and organizations will work together to prevent contamination of various fruits and vegetables during growing, harvesting packing, holding and transportation. Verification measures will be put into place to ensure these practices are working.

TOXICOLOGY

BHA announced five horses show presence of morphine (Sky Sports)

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced five horses, under the care of various trainers, have had morphine in their representative samples. So far, the BHA is not making public the names of the horses, trainers or owners; the dates they raced or the day on which the sample was taken.

Later on in July, it was found that Queen Elizabeth’s racehorse, Estimate, tested positive for morphine as well.

UAE calls for 400 synthetic “spice” drugs to be outlawed (The National)

The Higher Narcotic Drug Review Committee in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates has called for 400 kinds of synthetic drugs (commonly known as “spice”) to be made illegal. It would be the first country in the Middle East and fifth in the world to outlaw such drugs.

Widely-used back pain reliever “no better than placebo” (BBC News)

Research comparing paracetamol and a dummy pill shows that the over-the-counter drug doesn’t improve recovery time or provide greater pain relief than that of a placebo. 

Industry pressure puts hemp trial on the radar (The Mercury)

The State Government in Australia could take a step back from its ban on medical cannabis under pressure to grow the hemp industry in Tasmania.

AGRICULTURE

Lead and the urban garden (Modern Farmer)

In some urban gardens, the danger for lead and other toxins could have potentially devastating side effects.

Incubator farms nurture agriculture entrepreneurs (The Town Talk)

Following a similar model from popular business incubators, there is a new trend in startups: agriculture. As soon-to-be farmers get their feet off the ground, incubator farms are helping supply them with land, shared equipment, mentoring and more.

OTHER ITEMS WE FOUND INTERESTING

E. coli

E. coli

Water treatment plants a hot spot for resistant bacteria (All About Feed)

Researchers from the United Kingdom looked at a waste water treatment plant from 2009 to 2011, specifically zeroing in on the E. coli bacteria and its resistance. Water after treatment was found to have seven times more resistant E. coli bacteria than the waste water before it was treated.

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