Here’s to a new week: Monday links

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.

Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 13 to 19 marks Food Allergy Awareness Week, which spotlights a condition that afflicts an estimated 15 million people in the U.S. alone. Here are some recent articles about food allergens. For allergen resources, check out this previous Neogen blog post.

Dealing with food allergies – Newsday

The medical minute: Food allergies – testing and diagnosis – Penn State University

Leading food allergy organizations unite to combat the rising food allergy crisis – The Sacramento Bee

Food safety

U.S.: New report provides a decade of analysis of foodborne illnesses

The gist? Several foodborne pathogen-related illnesses are down (such as those derived from Listeria and Campylobacter) but Salmonella enteriditis infections are rising.

Foodborne disease surveillance in France: A foundation for food safety

France and the U.S. have published a slew of reports detailing foodborne illness surveillance.

Recipe for safer drinking water? Add sun, salt and lime

Researchers are looking for cheap, easy and effective ways to kill pathogens in drinking water.

Are reusable shopping bags inherently risky, or should the message be don’t take food into the bathroom?

After 13 soccer players got sick with norovirus, investigators think they found the cause: a reusable plastic bag containing food that had been left on the bathroom floor.

Understanding STEC: A growing concern

The cover story in the most recent edition of Food Safety Magazine takes on Shiga-toxin producing E. coli.

Regulatory leapfrog is underway – FSIS trumps some aspects of current FDA regulations and FSMA

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced new food safety policies last week. Here’s what they mean.

Health warning: Wash and cook fiddleheads to prevent illness

Fiddleheads contain an unknown toxin that can make you sick so make sure they’re well cooked before noshing.

What our gut microbes say about us

Breaking down our “microbiomes.”

Animal safety

Mass. state officials: Vaccinate horses against WNV, EEE

It’s time to get horses vaccinated against two diseases with high mortality rates.

I’ll Have Another won’t be overlooked again in Preakness

The Kentucky Derby winner is eyeing the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Agriculture

Farmers invited to Michigan animal mortality symposium

In the Mitten State between May 21-24? The fourth International Symposium of Managing Animal Mortality, Products, By-products and Associated Health Risk will take place in Dearborn and will feature a series of presentations and breakout sessions.

USDA projects record-high corn production

1,030 million bushels? That’s a lot of corn.

Tree fruit harvest to be cut as a result of April hailstorms

April hailstorms had a severe impact on tree fruits in California, especially plums and nectarines.

Zambia gets $50 million loan for poultry sector

The World Bank loan is for a 20 year project focused on disease control and diversification of the poultry sector.

Wildlife commission approves night hunting

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission approved a rule to allow for night hunting of feral pigs and coyotes, which can destroy crops and harass livestock.

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