Here are your holiday links!

Winter_blogDoing some last minute shopping and don’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.

Neogen will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in observance of the holidays. From all us of at Neogen, we wish you a happy and safe holiday!

 

Food safety

How to keep food safe in a power outageFoodsafety.gov

Power out? Check out these tips to keep your food safe.

USDA considers allowing Brazilian beef imports – Meat & Poultry

The proposed amendment would allow imports of frozen or chilled beef from certain Brazilian states.

FDA to hold a public meeting on the FSMA proposed rule on focused mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration – U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The meeting on the intentional adulteration rule will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20, 2014 at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Wiley Auditorium, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740.

FAQ: What’s going on with Chinese chicken processing – Food Safety News

Currently, chicken slaughtered in China cannot be imported to the U.S.

We are very, very bad at washing our hands, says science – The Week

Only about five percent of people are washing their hands properly, according to a recent study.

Major E. coli study in beef making progress – The Cattle Site

The study focuses on Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC.

Annual report on U.K. multi-annual National Control Plan published – U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA)

The report covers a range of material, including food and feed law and animal health law compliance.

 

Animal safety

Weekly overview: Eight months on and the PED virus still spreading in the U.S.The Pig Site

So far, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has been found in 20 U.S. states.

Dogs lower human blood pressure – Veterinary Practice News

Canines – they’re good for your health.

“Dog dust” may combat allergies and asthma – Live Science

People exposed to dogs’ dust (a.k.a. skin cells) may reduce the risk of allergy and/or asthma development.

 

Agriculture

Monday Mycotoxin 2013 Capstone Report – Neogen

Neogen’s team takes a look back at the latest harvest season and mycotoxin prevalence.

Ag markets could be choppy in limited trading this week – Ag Professional

The holidays are expected to have an effect on the markets.

Soybeans, corn rise as hot weather may threaten Argentine crops – Ag Web

Hot weather in Argentina, and parts of Brazil and Paraguay could negatively impact crops there.

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