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.

Animal Science

Vaccine utilizing cattle virus engineered to fight Ebola appears safe, effective in new studies – Bovine Veterinarian
Early-stage trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine, two in the United States and four in Africa and Europe, have found that it appears to be safe and triggered robust production of Ebola-fighting antibodies, scientists reported last week.

FDA releases latest antibiotic sales report – Drovers Cattle Network
The FDA recently released its latest report on antimicrobial sales for use in food-producing animals, reflecting 2013 sales compared with the previous year and longer-term trends.

Food Safety

What a Massive Spinach Recall Teaches Us About Food Safety – TIME
The current spinach recall brings to mind the infamous E. coli recall that rocked the U.S. produce industry, killed three people, and sickened 205 in 2006. And it raises the question: Has our food gotten any safer in the past nine years?

California, New York Lawmakers Propose Warning Labels for Soda – Food Safety News
California is having another run at adding warning labels to sugar-sweetened beverages, and New York is joining in.

Agriculture

South Africa Imports First Yellow Corn in a Year Due to Drought – Ag Web
South Africa, the continent’s largest producer of corn, imported the yellow variety for the first time in almost a year as a local drought curbs production.

Food will get cheaper for Americans, and here’s why – CNBC
Good news for America’s eaters: Domestic food prices are getting cheaper.

Toxicology

Could music ease need for drugs in the operating room? – Detroit Free Press
Can Celine Dion or Trace Adkins really relax away the need for so many drugs in the operating room?

Offbeat

Aspiring Craft Brewers Hit The Books To Pick Up Science Chops – NPR
On average, a new brewery opens its doors every single day in the U.S. and now more colleges and universities are taking notice by adding brewing minors, certificates and even four-year programs.

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