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Food safety

Two year anniversary of FSMA marked with release of two key rulesNeogen Blog

The big news came Friday, when the U.S. government announced two major rules stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The announcement fell on the second anniversary of President Obama signing FSMA into law.

MDP shuts down; USDA testing of produce for pathogens halted – Food Safety News

The program tested produce such as leafy greens and melons. For a previous Neogen blog post on the Microbiological Data Program (MDP), click here.

Three more countries place restrictions on Brazilian beef over BSE concerns – Food Safety News

The restrictions follow the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow) in the 2010. Brazil may look at taking action through the World Trade Organization against countries that imposed import restrictions.

Animal safety

Study: Barefoot trimming shows positive effects – TheHorse.com

For some horses, barefoot may be better, according to new research.

Canada expands export opportunities to Nicaragua – The Pig Site

“Full access” for Canadian beef is now allowed in Nicaragua, nine years after the market was stopped because of mad cow disease.

Agriculture

EPA halts plans for new farm dust regs – Farm World

The dust up is over for now.

Drought threatens to halt critical barge traffic on Mississippi – Washington Post

The drought-stricken Mississippi River could reach a new low, stifling agricultural shipping along with chemical and petroleum shipments.

Will high grain prices hang on for the 2013 growing season? – Farm World

Some say yes.

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