Monday links

Cow&Calf2_resizedDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

What cows mean when they say ‘moo’ – BBC
The ability to communicate between a mother and her offspring isn’t just between humans. Scientists in England have found that cows share the same bond with their calves, and get their message across through their moos.

Food service app helps educate key beef industry audience –Drovers
A mobile app for smartphone and tablets developed by the California Beef Council is helping food service professionals become more knowledgeable about beef and beef production. A recent upgrade of the app is making the technology even more useful and up-to-date.

Food Safety

Get the Most Out of Your Holiday Roast – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The traditional centerpiece of many holiday meals served this time of year is the roast. Whether you use pork, beef, goose, turkey, or chicken, the most popular means to cook your meat of choice is in the oven.

Understand food labels to avoid allergic reactions – Mayo Clinic
Understanding food labels is extremely important for people who have food allergies. If you have food allergies or if you handle and prepare food for anyone who does, learn how to recognize allergens on food labels.

Agriculture

US Agriculture Has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade – Associated Press
U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama’s plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the island.

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture? – University of California, Berkley
A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study also found that certain practices could further shrink the productivity gap between organic crops and conventional farming.

Toxicology

Caffeine Powder Concerns FDA, Energy Drinks Concern Denmark – Food Safety News
The parents of two young men who died earlier this year after ingesting caffeine powder met with Food and Drug Administration officials to deliver a citizen petition urging the agency to ban the sale of powdered caffeine.

Offbeat

Will Purr for Treats: How Cats Became Domesticated – Live Science
Thousands of years ago, a wildcat first started lingering on the outskirts of a human camp, perhaps to eat the mice living in people’s granaries. Now, billions of house pets and countless cat videos later, researchers have revealed the genetic roots of the special relationship between humans and cats.

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