Making the most of Monday with the 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 safety

FSIS asks researchers to focus on key food safety issues – Food Safety News

The agency has updated its list of study priorities, including Shiga toxin-producing E. coli.

USDA and USAID collaborate to improve productivity of the common bean to strengthen global food security – USDA

Last week, the USDA awarded $4.5 million in grants to researchers studying a global staple food – the common bean.

FDA seeks to dismiss lawsuit over delay of food safety rules – Food Safety News

Amid calls for rules stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), FDA argues the rules are complex and require extra time to ensure they are implemented properly.

Plant-based oils may reduce Salmonella in chicken – Food Safety News

The oil treatment may reduce the amount of Salmonella in chickens’ crops – one of the organs most likely to harbor the bacteria.

Strong support for repeal of U.S. mandatory COOL – The Pig Site

The next chapter of the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law continues to unfold. For previous posts on COOL, click here.

Country of origin labeling extended for unpackaged meat – The Poultry Site

And speaking of labeling (this time, in Australia)…

Vaccinations slash UK Salmonella instances – Food Production Daily

Lab confirmed Salmonella infections have plummeted from more than 18,000 in 1993 to only 459 in 2010, according to new research.

Animal safety

Millions of pets skip wellness checks, AVMA reportsVeterinary Practice News

About 3.5 percent of dog owners and almost 10 percent of cat owners never take their pets to the vet.

Optimal nutrition gives the immune system a boost – Fully Vetted

Good nutrition and a strong immune system go together like a sleepy cat and a sunny spot on the couch.

Agriculture

Despite drought, U.S. reports high quality corn cropAllAboutFeed.net

Although less corn was produced this year than last because of the drought, quality improved.

Serbian government checks corn crop for aflatoxin contaminationBloomberg

The increased levels are partly due to a recent drought.

Japan suspends Brazil beef imports after cow tests positive for mad cow – Newsday

The cow, which died in 2010, had the causative agent for the disease but never fully developed it, according to the Brazilian government.

Genomics

Genome digest – The Scientist

Check out this round up of genomics-related news, including sequencing of bread wheat and pigs. For a Neogen blog post on the bread wheat genome, click here.

Toxicology

Neogen launches new test for synthetic cannabinoids – Neogen

Neogen’s new test for synthetic cannabinoids, also known as spice and K2, detects more than 30 chemical compounds used to make the drug.

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