Get ready for the week with the Monday links

Burger_wBacon&Fries_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.

 

Food safety

Food fraud: MEPs call for measures to fix weak links in the production chainEuropean Parliament News

The European Parliament plans to review its food production chain and enhance its labeling laws over concerns about food fraud, such as last year’s horse meat scandal.

FY 2014 appropriations bill includes directives for USDA, FDA – Food Safety News

The bill allocates $1.01 billion for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and $2.55 billion for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as funding that will come from user fees.

Under new food safety law, bartenders have to wear gloves – Los Angeles Times

The changes to the California Retail Food Code require people handling ready-to-eat foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, to wear gloves, or use tongs, paper or scoops.

New technique busts chocolate counterfeiters – LiveScience

It’s a sweet victory in the fight against chocolate counterfeiting.

Nationwide survey on carcass baseline – FSIS

FSIS plans to begin a yearlong survey to sample a range of beef and veal carcasses to gain additional information on pathogenic prevalence.

 

Animal safety

GeneSeek now offers rapid PEDV testNeogen

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) can have devastating effects on swine herds.

AVMA delegates push jerky investigation – Veterinary Practice News

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has encouraged vets to continue to work with FDA to help figure out if jerky treats are linked to a rash of pet illnesses.

Kentucky equine encephalitis cases in 2013 – The Horse.com

There were 12 reported cases of equine West Nile virus in 2013 and two cases of eastern equine encephalitis in Kentucky.

 

Agriculture

Western drought spreading – Meat & Poultry

New data shows the drought spreading east and north. The drought’s severity also led California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a drought emergency.

The return of the polar vortex? – Ag Professional

And it could be colder than the first.

 

Toxicology

Legal highs: UK to opt out of new EU regulation regime – The Guardian

The United Kingdom (UK), which has taken a strict approach to synthetic drugs, wants to opt out of a European Union-wide plan to regulate the drugs out of concern it could slow the process to ban the substances.

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