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Food safety

Ayrshire testing firm leads safety checks against horse meat – Ayrshire Post

Neogen’s horse species identification test gets a news mention.

Neogen launches gliadin and sesame tests in Reveal 3-D format – Neogen

The new tests provide accurate results in just five minutes post extraction.

Will FSMA preventive controls mandate supplier management programs? Does it matter? – Leavitt Partners blog

Leavitt Partners’ Dr. David Acheson breaks down supplier verification, a part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Fishy fakes common in restaurants – USA Today

One-third of fish sold in grocery stores, restaurants and sushi counters is mislabeled, according to new research.

FSIS begins industry implementation of PHIS – FSIS Constituent Update

The Public Health Information System (PHIS) will allow Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)-inspected domestic facilities and import inspection facilities to more easily file appeals and view noncompliance records, along with other services.

Legislative cutoff dates begin to kill raw milk bills – Food Safety News

Bills that dealt with the sale of raw milk missed key dates in Wyoming and Mississippi.

Around the world in numerous food-labeling ways – Confectionary News

New research takes a comprehensive look at food labeling across the globe.

Animal safety

Strangles in horses – Fully Vetted

It’s a disease that causes painful swelling of the lymph nodes and grave concern among horse owners.

Northeast Iowa cattle herd thriving on sawdust-based feed – The Gazette

With feed costs sky high, farmers are turning to alternative foods for their cattle, including sawdust.

Agriculture

Despite lingering drought, USDA predicts a flood of grain – NPR’s The Salt

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicts a corn harvest up 40 percent from last year, assuming good weather, of course.

USDA waiting for return of just under half of Ag Census forms – Farm World

USDA plans to stop taking forms in June, with results expected in February of next year.

New York farms hold steady in 2012 – Times Union

There are about 36,000 farms in New York, about the same number as 2011.

Winter storm to boost U.S. winter wheat, hamper cattle feeding – Reuters

A big winter storm could help alleviate some of the stress from one of the worst droughts in decades.

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