Monday links

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

Animal Science:

Can horses be taught to pee on command? — The Horse
One veterinarian tackles an issue submitted by a reader: a mare with a bad habit of urinating as soon as she enters her freshly-bedded trailer. Is there a way to train the horse to take care of business before transport?

FDA report finds rodent infestation at farm that recalled over 200 million eggs — The Poultry Site
An inspection from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finds unsanitary conditions, rodent infestation at farm responsible for recall of more than 200 million eggs.

Food Safety:

CDC expands romaine lettuce warning after more E. coli infections reported — Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its consumer warning regarding contaminated romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

Listeria outbreak likely burning out; politicians still adding fuel — Food Safety News
The 1,011 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases, including 193 deaths, in South Africa are still creating political fissures in the country as politicians debate whether to stop testing imported chicken products for Listeria.

Agriculture:

Drought monitor weekly: A week for extremes — snow, fire and rain — AgFax
A powerful spring storm emerged from the western half of the U.S. and brought extreme conditions to several regions. For example, historic, late-season snow blanketed portions of the northern Plains, upper Midwest, and Great Lakes region, snarling traffic and severely stressing livestock.

Farm and ranch families work to preserve monarch habitats — KXLH
As monarch butterflies prepare to fly north, Montana farm and ranch families are encouraged to help provide a layover for these iconic insects by planting milkweed habitats along the migration path.

Toxicology:

America’s fentanyl problem is reaching a whole new group of users — Mother Jones
A familiar narrative about the overdose epidemic has emerged: People addicted to painkillers transitioned to heroin, an opioid chemically similar to the pills, and now they’re dying at astonishing rates, largely because that heroin is mixed with synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Offbeat:

Inked mice hint at how tattoos persist in people — Science News
After a study involving tatting up mice tails, French researchers have a new claim for why tattoos can survive on the skin for a lifetime, one that turns on its head the previous explanation for tattoo longevity.

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