Monday links

Antifreeze_wTick_blogKick off the month of March with the latest in food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news in this edition of Monday links.

Animal Science

Colder Weather Increases Challenges Posed by PED – The Pig Site
A swine veterinarian reports, as expected, the colder winter weather has added to the challenge of controlling PED.

Antifreeze’ Protein, Borrowed From Ticks, Could Battle Frostbite – Discover
If you live in a cold climate, some days any exposed skin is at risk of frostbite. But if we had antifreeze coursing through our veins, we’d be resistant to winter’s bite. And now, that’s not as crazy as it sounds.

Food Safety

USDA May Move Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labeling to 2016 – Food Safety News
While appearing before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA will work to introduce labels for mechanically tenderized beef within the next two years.

2015 Dietary Guidelines: Smarter Consumer Choices Can Impact Foodborne Outbreaks – Food Safety Magazine
The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is suggesting that consumer behavior––along with other practices put in place by government and private sectors––can play a role in reducing cases of foodborne illnesses.

Agriculture

Good News: More Crops! Bad News: More Plague! – NPR
Africa needs more food. And to get more food, you need more farmland. There’s a relatively simple solution — it’s called “land conversion,” and it can mean creating new fields to grow crops next to fragments of forest. Only there’s a catch.

World Strawberry Capital Sours a Bit On Its Trademark Fruit – Agweb
Cold snaps, falling prices and worker shortages have combined to convince some farmers to scale back on strawberries, leading to a decline in acreage of Plant City’s top crop for the first time in at least a decade.

Toxicology

Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola – Reuters
A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said last week.

Offbeat

How the Beanie Baby craze was concocted — then crashed – New York Post
In the late 1990s, Ty Warner, creator of the wildly popular Beanie Babies series of plush toys, had a 370,000-square-foot warehouse filled with his beloved collectible animals for kids. All told, the merchandise there represented more than $100 million worth of product.

 

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