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We’re just about to the end of April (doesn’t it seem like it was just last week we were celebrating the New Year?), and we have a lot of food and animal safety news for you. Here you go:

FOOD INDUSTRY

Which is safer: fast food or four-star restaurants? (TIME)

Does the higher food price equal safer food, or does the swift approach of fast food mean you’re safer? Recent data from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) shows which food outing may be home to more foodborne illnesses.

Millions awarded for food safety research grants (Food Safety News)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced that it will award $24 million research projects for improving food safety. NIFA director Sonny Ramaswamy calls the investment a “high priority that will have a direct impact on thousands of lives.”

No more hot dogs at concession stands — at least near Neogen’s headquarters (WITL)

As a result of the Michigan Food Law of 2000, local authorities near Lansing, Mich. are cracking down on concession stands law, which requires that stands must now be properly licensed to serve “prepared” foods. Foods under this labeling also include pizza, coffee, hamburgers, etc.

ANIMAL INDUSTRY

Lab-grown human skin could replace animal testing (International Business Times)

Is it lunchtime yet?


Researchers from King’s College London and the San Francisco Veteran Medical Center developed an epidermis similar to human skin using pluripotent stem cells. The artificial skin could be an alternative for testing drugs and cosmetics rather than on animals.

The truth about raw food for your pets (Animal Wellness Magazine)

What are the pros and cons of commercially processed food — and the benefits and negatives of raw food?

New water plan may help save several endangered species (National Wildlife)

The protection of two springs —the Sam Marcos Springs and Comal Springs —could bring welcome relief to several endangered species. The plan comes after a two-decade long debate to protect the springs.

LIFE SCIENCES

Drink responsibly.


Thousands of bacteria are in your wallet at this very moment (The Week)

Research from New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology recently identified 3,000 forms of bacteria on dollar bills. These same bacteria can cause ulcers, pneumonia and staph infections, just to name a few.

Drinking too much water can kill you (Scientific American)

Although water makes up more than half of the human body, consuming too much of it can kill you. So how much water should you consume?

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