Make it a great day with the Monday links

Salad & BreadsticksDon’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 safety

Answers to your top 10 FSMA questions of 2013Leavitt Partners blog

From environmental monitoring to supplier verification, Leavitt Partners presents the answers to some of the biggest FSMA questions.

Agency welcomes new allergy project – Food Standards Agency

The three year project aims to create a standard approach for allergen management.

Some people really can taste the rainbow – NPR’s The Salt

To those with certain forms of synesthesia, scents can have shapes and colors.

Documents show OMB weakened FDA’s food safety rules – Food Safety News

Draft rules stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) were changed during the review process.

“Don’t feed me” shirts calm parents of allergic kids – ABC News

The shirts are a new tool in the arsenal against food allergies, especially for young children.

Anti-allergy genetically modified apples – Phys.org

Researchers hope to create non-allergenic apples, but some say they may face difficulty gaining acceptance.

Authorities studying how bute in horse meat affects humans – TheHorse.com

The European Food Safety Authority and the European Medicine Agency are slated to begin a joint study on how phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory drug used in horses, can affect humans who eat horse meat that contains the drug. For more on this story from Neogen blog, click here.

Animal safety

USDA final animal disease traceability rule in effect Farm World

The rule, which went into effect March 11, aims to improve traceability for the interstate movement of livestock.

Discovery may explain how prion diseases spread between different types of animals – Science Daily

Prion diseases, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow), can adapt to transmit across different species. Until recently, however, scientists weren’t sure how the mechanism for change worked.

Hendra researchers gain new insight into flying fox colonies – TheHorse.com

Flying foxes can transmit theHendra virus to horses and humans.

Chicks are cute, but risky! – FoodSafety.gov

Proper sanitation can help prevent the spread of Salmonella from baby poultry.

Agriculture

Corn, soybeans fall as feed demand may slow, farmers lift sowingBloomberg

The slow down comes as farmers may increase plantings.

Ranching awesome (Thrift Shop parody) – YouTube

A great gem for a good Monday.

Neogen launches simple, quick test for Rhizoctonia spp.Neogen

Rhizoctonia spp. are a group of fungal plant pathogens.

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