Monday links

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Animal Science

Handling baby chicks – Brown Field
Every spring Salmonella outbreaks occur and one of the causes around Easter is baby chicks.

FDA to increase transparency of animal feed ingredients – All About Feed
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a strategy to establish ingredient definitions and standards for animal feed in order to increase transparency and affirm the safety of the animal feed supply, as required by the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) of 2007.

Food Safety

The Cumin Scandal: Accidental or Fraudulent – Food Quality and Safety Magazine
The ongoing recall of cumin and cumin-containing foods due to undeclared peanuts or almonds is almost certainly the result of purposeful economically motivated adulteration (EMA), food safety experts believe.

Avian influenza discovered in Wyoming – Country 10
State officials received confirmation on Wednesday that the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza strain was identified in a Canada goose found near Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is the first detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Wyoming.

Agriculture

California Lawmakers Back Spending $1 Billion to Battle Drought – Ag Web
California lawmakers approved legislation sought by Governor Jerry Brown that authorizes spending $1 billion to manage the drought gripping the most populous U.S. state for a fourth year.

USDA Proposes Definition Of Farming, Which Would Limit Some Subsidies – Huffington Post
The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don’t do any of the work would receive less government cash.

Toxicology

Aging Baby Boomers Bring Drug Habits Into Middle Age – Wall Street Journal
Baby Boomers who frequently used drugs like marijuana and cocaine in their youth are now turning back to drugs like Oxycontin for relief of age-related pain and illness. As a result, the fatal-overdose rate of people ages 45 to 64 has become higher than that of 25 to 44-year-olds for the first time.

Third Death in Colorado Linked to Marijuana Edibles – Food Safety News
The third death associated with marijuana edibles could not have come at a worse time for the state’s 15-month-old legal pot industry.

Offbeat

Cow Tipping: Fake or Really Fake? – Modern Farmer
While in the history of the world there have surely been a few unlucky cows shoved to their side by boozed-up morons, we feel confident in saying this happens at a rate roughly equivalent to the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.

What’s the difference between white and brown eggs? – The Kitchen
White and brown eggs certainly look different, and there’s often a difference in price between the two. But do you know why?

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