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

Food Safety

Listeria monocytogenes Draft Guidance Provides Detailed Specifications for RTE Foods – Acheson Group
FDA has issued updated draft guidance intended for ready-to-eat food (RTE) facilities subject to FSMA’s Preventive Controls rule. 

FSA’s “Go for Gold” Campaign to Minimize Consumers’ Exposure to Acrylamide, Cancer – Food Safety Magazine
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched a “Go for Gold” campaign aimed at helping consumers to understand how they can minimize exposure to acrylamide when cooking at home.

Animal Science

A Virus Might Help Horse Wounds Heal – The Horse
A group of researchers from Canada and New Zealand have recently learned that a “secret agent” to enhance healing might exist in the most unlikely of places—a virus. Specifically, the “orf” virus.

How disease spreads among farm animals – Morning Ag Clips
Researchers have shown that looking at movements of operators and vehicles between farms in the same way we look at contacts in social networks can help explain the spread of dangerous infectious diseases of livestock, such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian influenza.

Agriculture

Sequencing poisonous mushrooms to potentially create medicine – Michigan State University
A team of scientists has genetically sequenced two species of poisonous mushrooms, discovering that they can theoretically produce billions of compounds through one molecular assembly line. This may open the door to efficiently tackling some lethal diseases.

2,735 wheat lines sequences freely accessible – All About Feed
Researchers in the U.K. and U.S. have developed a gene bank, with a collection of wheat seeds with more than 10 million sequenced and carefully catalogued genetic mutations. This resource will accelerate the study of gene functions in wheat.

Toxicology

Combined use of alcohol and cocaine linked to suicide deaths – News Medical
A recent study examined suicide deaths and the correlation drugs, in particular cocaine, played along with the presence of alcohol.

Offbeat

Here’s What To Eat To Recover From An Injury – IFL Science
Most people’s reaction to reduced exercise when injured will be to immediately reduce their food intake because they aren’t burning the energy exercising. But this can be counterproductive if taken to the extreme. When injured, your daily energy expenditure can increase by as much as 15-50% over normal, particularly if the injury is very bad.

 

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