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Food safety

Thousands of tons of fake food and drink seized in Interpol-Europol investigationEuropol

More than 1,200 tons of fake or subpar food, including cereals, spices and chocolate to name a few, and almost 430,000 liters of counterfeit drinks were seized. The operation involved 33 countries.

FDA’s draft high-risk food methodology: What does it really mean to you? – The Acheson Group

The post breaks down the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft approach for designating high risk foods, a part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

What’s on the consumer’s mind – Kansas State University

The answer? Safety and freshness, at least when it comes to livestock products such as beef or milk.

 

Animal safety

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus confirmed on Manitoba farmThe Pig Site

It’s the first case of the virus in the province. For more on PEDV, click here.

Biosecurity tip of the month: Horse-to-horse contact – The Horse

Biosecurity is vital to preventing the spread of illness.

Vietnamese bird flu outbreak spreads to eight provinces – World Poultry

Officials are especially concerned as 4 million birds in the Quang Nam provinces have not been vaccinated against the virus.

Russia to resume imports of U.S. turkey meat, porkReuters

Imports may resume for turkey meat in mid-February and pork imports may resume by the end of February, according to reports.

 

Agriculture

Federal government to offer drought assistance – Meat & Poultry

California has been hit particularly hard by drought, with 54 counties designated as natural disaster zones.

 

Toxicology

Rise in deaths from “legal highs” in the UK – BBC

Deaths rose from only 10 reported in 2009 to at least 68 in 2012.

Cocaine may increase stroke risk within 24 hours of use – American Heart Association

Cocaine use increased the risk of ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked.

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