Monday links

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

Animal Science

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics – Food Safety News
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections sicken at least 2 million people every year and that more than 23,000 die as a result. Although the majority of these infections occur in healthcare settings, concern is growing over antibiotic-resistant infections from food and the contribution that subtherapeutic antibiotic use on farms makes to resistance.

Report identifies research priorities for animal science – Feedstuffs
Meeting the expected growth in global demand for animal protein in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable will require a greater investment in animal science research, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC).

Food Safety

China Promises Stronger Food Safety Oversight – New York Times
Food and drug safety in China is “grim” and will get stronger oversight, the food and drug regulator said recently, after a series of scares in 2014 hurt the reputations of global companies.

Food Labeling Liability: Continuing to Grow – Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s food labeling regulations present a minefield just waiting for a misstep. Whether it be “low-fat,” “high-fiber” or “gluten-free,” every claim or representation about food creates the potential for claims of misbranding in civil or criminal court.

Agriculture

World’s Largest Indoor Farm is 100 Times More Productive – Web Urbanist
The statistics for this incredibly successful indoor farming endeavor in Japan are staggering: 25,000 square feet producing 10,000 heads of lettuce per day with 40% less power, 80% less food waste and 99% less water usage than outdoor fields.

Toxicology

Alcohol Abuse Linked to Newly Identified Gene Network – University of Texas
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have identified a network of genes that appear to work together in determining alcohol dependence.

Offbeat

How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold – NPR
We have the chemical menthol to thank for that deliciously cool mouth-feel of peppermint. And scientists now know that menthol actually tricks our brains and mouths into the cool sensation.

Why Do Dogs Watch—and React—to TV? – National Geographic
A study published in the journal Animal Cognition showed that dogs could identify images of other dogs among pictures of humans and other animals, using their visual sense alone.

 

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