Monday links

ChristmasCookieDisplay_blogDon’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

FDA Says BPA-Lined Containers Are Safe, But New Study Raises Concerns – Food Safety News
A new Korean soy milk study, involving taking the blood pressure of a relatively small number of women divided into groups — with one drinking soy milk from cans with BPA and the other from glass bottles — is a media hit in the U.S.

Remember food safety this holiday season – The State Journal
With the holidays right around the corner — and food traditionally playing a large part in the festivities — the Department for Public Health (DPH) wants you to keep safe food preparation and handling practices in mind.

Animal Safety

10 Toxic Substances to Avoid – The Horse
There are many things horses should never eat. Certainly, toxic plants rank high on the list of things to avoid, but other substances, organisms and chemicals can pose risks as well.

Early winter growth of beef cattle reduces feed costs – All About Feed
Pushing for high youngstock growth rates in the early part of winter will reduce beef farmers’ overall feed costs.

Agriculture

Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest’s Fledgling Farmers – NPR
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a quarter of all farms in the country are now operated by beginning farmers. Unlike the older generation, these younger operators typically don’t own the equipment they need to farm. They have to buy or lease it and with the drop in commodity prices, some are questioning what to do next.

Ebola Stokes Liberian Food Shortage as Farmers Eat Seeds – Bloomberg
The Ebola crisis is exacerbating food shortages in Liberia as a lack of labor hinders production and hungry rice farmers eat the seeds they’d normally hold back for planting next season.

Toxicology

Teens Given Anxiety, Sleep Meds May Be at Risk for Drug Abuse – Medline Plus
Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep medications are much more likely to abuse those drugs than other teens, a new study warns.

Offbeat

Fruitcake – Will It Last Forever? – NC State University
As it turns out, the answer depends on how you define “fruitcake.”

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