Monday links

Don’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:

Disinfectant inactivates PEDv in cold weather — Pig Progress
A team of researchers has reported that different dilutions of disinfectant were effective at inactivating porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in cold temperatures.

Fungus outbreak lethal for NZ dairy cows — All About Feed
Over 100 dairy cows in New Zealand had to be put down recently, as they had digested a fungus from their feed supply. The cows were suffering from ergot toxicity following a dry summer and wet autumn, ideal conditions for the fungus to spread.

Food Safety:

Five Tips to Add Food Fraud Prevention to Your Food Defense Program — Food Safety Tech
With the rising awareness of food fraud prevention and control regulated by the Food Safety Modernization Act and other regulations, these five tips help to enhance current food defense programs.

Papaya farm linked to deadly outbreak; victim count hits 109 — Food Safety News
Officials have barred all papayas from a farm in Mexico from import to the U.S. after tracing a deadly Salmonella outbreak to the fruit. The number of victims has more than doubled in the past two weeks. One victim in New York died.

Agriculture:

Seeing spots — Morning Ag Clips
Berries could use a superhero right now to fend off a new invasive pest. In 2008, an Asian fly called the spotted-wing drosophilia was introduced to the west and made it to the east coast by 2011.

Indoor farming offers year-round income for traditional Ag — Agri-Pulse
Concepts like indoor farming, controlled environment agriculture, the vertical farm, and aeroponics are turning year-round, locally grown produce into a commercial reality.

Toxicology:

Highest number of drug deaths in quarter of a century — Drink and Drugs News
Last year saw 3,744 drug poisoning deaths in England and Wales, according to the latest Office for National Statistics figures — 2% higher than the previous year and the highest number since comparable statistics began in 1993.

Offbeat:

Video: Japan’s ‘golden coder’ making game apps at age 82 — BBC
Meet one of the world’s most senior game designers, who taught herself to code. Masako Wakamiya, an 82-year-old Japanese woman, created a gaming app — aimed specifically at her own demographic — based on a traditional doll festival.

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