Monday links

ChickenHeads_closeup_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Six More Farms Hit by Bird Flu in France –The Poultry Site
The H5N8 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found in several different locations in France in the past week.

Important food safety tips for pets owners at Christmas – SPCA Auckland
It may be unknown that common treats and snacks we humans enjoy as part of our holiday celebration including avocado, macadamia nuts, ham, grapes and raisins can cause internal damage and in serious cases lead to death.

Food Safety

Integrating Environmental Monitoring into Your Environmental Controls Program – The Acheson Group
Both environmental monitoring and environmental control are critical in today’s preventive approach to food safety. But what, exactly, is the difference?

Half of antibiotic resistant Salmonella cases from 4 serotypes – Food Safety News
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new estimates of the incidence of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella infections in the United States, putting the burden at about 6,200 cases annually.

Agriculture

Ag Research: USDA Announces $5M in Funds for Smart Tech Innovations – AG FAX
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced the availability of up to $5 million for research to strengthen the science behind the next generation of internet-connected agricultural implements and resources through the Cyber Physical Systems program.

South American soybean progress – Morning Ag Clips
Farmers down in Argentina continue to make progress with planting soybeans but the pace is still behind average. By mid-December, it is reported than only about 58% of the crop has been planted so far.

Toxicology

More than 40 people dead from alcohol poisoning after drinking bath lotion in Siberian city – Washington Post
Authorities have declared a state of emergency in a Siberian city after at least 41 people died of alcohol poisoning after drinking a bath oil they hoped would give them the same buzz as booze.

Offbeat

10+ Hilariously Creative Snowmen That Would Make Calvin And Hobbes Proud – Bored Panda
Before you stack a few snowballs on top of each other and stick a carrot and some coal in its head, check out this list of super creative snowmen.

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