Monday links

Cute pigKick off the month of June with the latest industry news in food safety, animal safety, agriculture and more with Monday links.

Animal Science

Cucumber Industry Could Aid Pig Disease Prevention – The Pig Site
Air sampling techniques for early detection of disease in the cucumber growing industry could help indoor pig farmers reduce disease spread.

Secretary Of Agriculture: Bird Flu Poses ‘No Health Issue’ To Humans – NPR
Bird flu is raging through poultry farms across the United States. It’s the largest outbreak in U.S. history, affecting 20 states and tens of millions of birds. The disease is particularly ravaging farms in the Midwest.

Food Safety

Food safety is a concern for summertime camping – Daily Sun
The start of camping season is here and that means lots of meals around the campfire. It also means there is a potential for food poisoning if you don’t treat the food you have correctly.

‘Surprising’ Discovery Made About Chronic Wasting Disease – Food Safety News
Recent research, primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health, has opened the door to one of the reasons this disease is so pervasive — and actually endemic in a large swath of land in northeastern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming.

Agriculture

With 15 percent of corn unplanted, farmers weigh switch to earlier hybrids or soybeans – Drover’s Cattle Network
Frequent rains in May have pushed corn planting back to five-year lows.

All the leaves are brown – The Economist
Farmers have been raiding groundwater to survive a four-year drought. Better solutions are needed.

Toxicology

Excess caffeine health warning – BBC News
Drinking more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day may be damaging to health, according to the European Food Safety Authority.

Offbeat

Scientists Discover the Origin of Swiss Cheese’s Holes – Discover Magazine
After nearly a century of research, scientists in Switzerland — of course — have finally discovered why Swiss cheese has holes, and it has nothing to do with hungry mice.

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