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.

Disease Genetic Research Making Headway – The Pig Site
Investment in swine health research, and specifically in the genetics of swine diseases, has increased substantially in the last several years. The increasing availability of genomic toolsalso allows for a much more detailed analysis of genetic influences on a pig’s response to a disease challenge.

What’s in a Supplement? – The Horse
From vitamins and minerals to fats and yeast cultures, horse owners face hundreds of choices when deciding which, if any, nutritional supplements their horses need added to their daily feed. What really works, and what’s just the latest dietary fad?

Food Safety

No Health Risk with BPA Exposure at Current Levels – Food Quality and Safety News
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has determined that current levels of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) pose no health risk to any population group, including pregnant women, the elderly, unborn children, infants, and adolescents.

Food Safety at the Center of China’s Rural Policy for 2015 – Food Safety Magazine
According to China’s annual agenda, the sovereign state’s rural policy will be focusing heavily on food safety in 2015. Due to the diminishing quality of China’s agricultural productivity, the country has been producing food from scarce, contaminated land to continue to meet high demand.

Agriculture

Presence of mycotoxins in animal milk: A review – Barf Blog
Mycotoxins can cause toxicity when ingested by humans and animals. Although the rumen is supposed to be a barrier against mycotoxins, some studies demonstrate that carry-over of mycotoxins to milk is possible.

Europe Ships Record Amount of Wheat Overseas as Prices Decline – Ag Web
Record amounts of European wheat are being shipped overseas as export restrictions in Russia and a weakening currency lure foreign buyers.

Toxicology

Our Taste for Alcohol Goes Back Millions of Years – Scientific America
A new study finds that our forebears acquired the capacity to digest alcohol some 10 million years ago and suggests that alcohol became part of the human diet much earlier than previously thought, and in a manner that had significant implications for the survival of the human species.

Offbeat

Love Hot Sauce? Your Personality May Be A Good Predictor – NPR
A group of researchers at Penn State has shown that personality seems to be a significant player in our lust for heat or spice in our food.

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