Get in the know with the Monday Links

Only a few more days until we’re officially in summer! While we’re gearing up for a heat wave at headquarters in Lansing, Michigan, across the pond, we’re celebrating Food Safety Week 2014 in the United Kingdom (UK). We are also about to gather together for our International Sales Meeting later on this week. It’s safe to say, we’re busy around here. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less focused on safety. Check out the links below for the latest happening in our industries.

Don’t forget: Our Monday Mycotoxin report comes out later today! You won’t want to miss it.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Don’t wash raw chicken (Food Standards Agency, UK)

For the 2014 edition of Food Safety Week, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is focusing on raw chicken. Why shouldn’t you clean it? What are some rules you need to follow to prevent Campylobacter and food poisoning? The headquarters of #FSW2014 will tell all.

Credit: Michel Meynsbrughen

Credit: Michel Meynsbrughen

Save the cheese! Congressman moves to stop cheese regulations (Food Safety News)

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had announced a new position on a centuries-old practice of aging artisan cheeses: the wooden shelves the cheeses aged on were out. While the FDA seems to have backed away from their initial position, that isn’t stopping one Vermont Congressman to propose a change to the agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2015.

Unhealthy brands more recognizable for children than healthy ones, study finds (Food Navigator)

Researchers from University College Dublin have released findings that show preschool aged children recognize more unhealthy brand names than healthy ones. The study looked at Irish children between three and five years of age and asked them to name the product, describe it and match its logo.

AGRICULTURE

What the drought in California could mean for U.S. crops (Bill Moyers & Company)

The sunshine state has been a powerhouse for the U.S. in recent years; but with a drought that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon, California’s agriculture, prices at the grocery store, and imports could all be affected.

Farming is a deadly profession. Why aren’t we talking about it? (Modern Farmer)

Modern Farmer breaks down the hazards of the agricultural profession, from machinery to heat exhaustion, and the alarming statistics that come along with it.

OTHER ITEMS WE FOUND INTERESTING

Microbes may be the answer for new animal species (Wired)

When researchers in Nashville, Tennessee stripped microbiomes off of two related wasp species, a new wasp species was created, and it thrived where other species failed. Could a closer look at the microbial community be a new step in developing new species?

Could there be a diet catered to your genes? (Science Daily)

Researchers in Italy now have a better understanding of taste preceptor genes in the body, dictating food preferences and the like. Their study may have a future in gene-personalized diet plans, effective for weight loss and avoiding diseases.

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