Monday links

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Massive projected increase in use of antimicrobials in animals by 2030 — University of Cambridge
The amount of antimicrobials given to animals destined for human consumption is expected to rise by 52% by 2030 unless policies are implemented to limit their use, according to new research.

Animal rescue team responds to Irma aftermath — University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Prior to a hurricane’s landfall, families are reminded to include pets in their disaster plans. But protecting larger animals or finding pet-friendly shelters can be difficult, and these animals may need to be rescued after the storm. The University of Florida Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service comes to these animals’ aid.

Food Safety:

Extortionist Seeking Millions by Poisoning Supermarket Food — Food Quality & Safety
A man slipped a potentially lethal poison into food, including baby food, on sale in some German supermarkets in an extortion scheme aimed at raising millions of euros, police said. No cases of poisoning have been reported so far.

Pride & Joy refuses to recall raw milk after Salmonella found — Food Safety News
Owners of an organic raw milk dairy in Washington say they have “politely declined” the state’s request that they recall their unpasteurized milk, which showed Salmonella contamination during routine testing by agriculture officials.

Agriculture:

Farmers say Maria wrecked bright spot — Associated Press
For 21 years, Hector Alejandro Santiago spread joy throughout Puerto Rico with the poinsettias, orchids and other ornamental plants he raised and sold to major retailers. In a matter of hours, Hurricane Maria wiped it away.

Heat-tolerant broccoli for the future — USDA Agricultural Research Service
Traditionally, broccoli is a cool-weather crop. Agricultural Research Service scientists are looking to change that by developing new varieties that grow in warm temperatures.

Toxicology:

Opioid crisis in U.S. spills into workplace — The Columbian
Drug abuse in the workforce is a growing challenge for American business. About two-thirds of those who report misusing pain-relievers are on the payroll. Such employees can be a drag on productivity. In the worst case, they can endanger themselves and their colleagues.

Offbeat:

Giant rat that fell from sky is new species — National Geographic
For more than 20 years, people in the Solomon Islands have told scientists about huge rats that live in the treetops. But no one could prove the creature actually existed — until loggers felled a 30-foot-tall tree and a 1.5-foot-long rat came crashing down with it.

 

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