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Food safety

Key to E. coli-free spinach may be an ultrasonic spa treatment – NPR’s The Salt

Even spinach needs a spa day.

FDA expands irradiation uses for meat and poultryFood Safety News

The rule allows for increased use of radiation to kill pathogens in meat.

Guerilla cartographers put global food stats on the map – NPR’s The Salt

In only a few months, Food: An Atlas was born.

Toxic takeaway: Cholera, Listeria and Salmonella – The Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service rejected roughly 350 food shipments for infractions ranging from chemical and bacterial contamination.

Sources of E. coli not always what they seem – USDA

E. coli in California waterways often are derived from urban run-off rather than agriculture, according to new research.

Animal safety

Study: EHV-1 not linked to headshakingTheHorse.com

Equineherpes-1 (EHV-1) can be blamed for several terrible symptoms, but not headshaking, according to new research.

Pet travel and relocation history is important to your vet – Fully Vetted

Disease prevalence is linked to geography, so giving your vet a relocation history is important in a quick diagnosis.

Livestock falling ill in fracking regions – NBC News

The new research is being debated.

CDC has health warning for feral hog hunters – CBS

The animals can carry brucellosis, which can cause flu-like symptoms and may last for years, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Pets in America – The Week

Pets in the U.S. outnumber people by almost 30 million.

Agriculture

Agriculture in America – USA Today (links to a pdf)

This supplement in USA Today is chock full of ag articles, from communicating better with consumers to the role of technology in today’s agriculture.

If the beef industry were to stop using productivity-enhancing technologies fact sheetThe Stock Exchange

If that happened, the impacts could be devastating.

Secretary Vilsack responds to soaring U.S. exports – The Pig Site

Ag exports have jumped more than 50 percent since 2009.

U.S. House OKs measure to open trade with Russia – Farm World

The move would open normal trade relations with Russia, which joined the World Trade Organization in August.

Drought worsens after weeks of improvement – Poultry Times

Approximately 62.7 percent of the lower 48 was in drought the week of Nov. 29, up from 60.1 percent the previous week.

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