Monday links

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

Food Safety

For peanut allergy sufferers, relief could be on the way – CBS News
About three million Americans are allergic to nuts, and most of them are allergic to peanuts. But relief may be on the way. A new study says an allergy patch is showing promise.

USDA Announces $6 Million Available for Food Safety Programs – Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced that $160 million in funding is now available for research, education and extension projects to boost U.S. agriculture production.

Agriculture

Gardener’s Twofer: First Ketchup ‘N’ Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market – NPR
Love growing potatoes and tomatoes? This spring, gardeners in the U.S. (and Europe) will be able to get both tuber and fruit from a single plant.

Mammoth U.S. Corn, Soy Crops on Horizon Despite USDA Tweaks – Agriculture.com
U.S. farmers could harvest their second-largest soybean crop and the number three corn crop under the revised planting projections released by USDA at its Outlook

Animal Science

Study: Genetic Differences in Racing, Cutting Quarter Horses – The Horse
The Quarter Horse is considered by many a very versatile breed that excels in a variety of areas. So versatile, in fact, that over the years breeders have made efforts to separate the breed into different specialties. But is there any real genetic base to these “sub-breeds” of Quarter Horse?

Update on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease in U.S. – The Pig Site
The number of pig farm samples that are confirmed positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the last week was 55, two premises were confirmed with porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) and five with the dual infection (PEDV and PDCoV).

Toxicology

Hookah: How dangerous is it? – Society of Toxicology
Over the past 50 years, there has been a significant decline in the use of cigarettes in the US. However, many people are turning to alternative tobacco products, such as hookah water pipes, and recent studies indicate that the use of hookah is rapidly increasing among adolescents and young adults. This practice is particularly concerning, as research suggests that hookah use may actually be as addictive and harmful as cigarette use.

Offbeat

Scientists Propose a Sixth Basic Taste: Fat – Discover
Humans are thought to be able to taste five qualities but technological advances combined with sophisticated research means we can now test for more subtle tastes we haven’t known about.

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