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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 safety

Plea for hygienic food in trains Daily News

A plea filed in India’s Delhi High Court seeks to improve food safety regulations at rail stations and on trains.

Home canning: Keep your family safe! – FoodSafety.gov

The top danger? Botulism.

Salmonella outbreak likely to increase due to lack of control measures, scientific study says – FoodProduction.com

The European outbreak already has more than 150 confirmed cases.

In slivovitz country, savvy Czechs turn to tradition to get around ban on liquor sales – Washington Post

Despite a ban on the sale of hard liquor after 23 died from methanol-laced alcohol, some Czechs have continued making their own spirits.

Animal safety

A haunting case of blastomycosis – Fully Vetted

Here’s hoping Harley was OK.

Pet owners attribute 361 dog, cat deaths to Chinese jerky treats – Veterinary Practice News

The FDA has yet to confirm the connection between the reported deaths and the pet treats.

Leishmaniasis: A rare, potentially emerging equine disease – TheHorse.com

Leishmania spp. parasites are spread by sand flies and cause painful skin lesions.

Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus outbreak – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

So far, there have been more than 300 confirmed cases of swine flu across 10 states.

For Neogen blog posts about swine flu, click here.

West Nile virus cases continue to climb, CDC says – CBS News

There has been a 19 percent increase in West Nile cases over the past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 19. More than 3,100 confirmed cases have been documented along with 134 deaths.

Agriculture

“Black dust” in corn harvest caused by fungi – Midwest Producer

The most common culprit is Alternaria spp., a common soil microorganism.

USDA to coordinate drought recovery efforts – Meat & Poultry.com

The agency will host four meetings to detail drought recovery resources.

U.S. FDA relaxes aflatoxin rules for Iowa grain handlers – Reuters

The change will allow Iowa grain dealers to blend corn containing no more than 20 ppb of aflatoxin with non-contaminated corn to be used as animal feed.

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