Monday links

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Food Safety

Noodle Crisis Shows Long Road Ahead for India Food Safety – Bloomberg
After dozen of packs of Maggi instant noodles were picked for a series of tests, results showed that lead levels breached official limits, triggering a recall across a swath of India and import bans in Nepal and Singapore. 

New FDA Program to Reward Importers with Exemplary Food Safety Track Records – Food Safety Magazine
A new program established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will give international food importers with proven food safety track records a break.

Agriculture 

5 Facts You Should Know About the Role Trade Plays on America’s Farms and Ranches – USDA
Today, farmers, ranchers, and rural communities are more prosperous thanks to strong trade agreements. Foreign markets contribute to more than half of total sales for many American agricultural products.

Scientists Figured Out Why Beefsteak Tomatoes Are So Huge – Modern Farmer
At some point long ago, likely somewhere in present-day Mexico, someone encountered a strange and exciting tomato plant. Instead of the tiny fruit that typically grew on ancestral tomato plants, this one had much larger fruit. 

Animal Science

PED Update in US and Canada: What a Difference a Year Makes – The Pig Site
While new outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) continue to be reported each week in the United States, the pace is slowing — as a result of the change in season and the winter of 2014-15 produced fewer outbreaks than the previous year.

Timeline: Federal antimicrobial policy – Drovers Cattle Network
Antibiotic use in animal agriculture has been big news lately, with the release of FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive rule and the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship. This timeline provides milestones in the government’s efforts to promote judicious use of antimicrobials.

Toxicology

Call Centers: New Battle Front for Fake Drugs – The Wall Street Journal
As more prescriptions are handled online and over the phone, counterfeiters are turning to call centers to facilitate sales.

Offbeat

Why Your Bloody Mary Tastes Better on a Plane – National Geographic
Airline food has a deep story. There’s a reason every item served on board, from ginger ale to a dinner roll, was chosen to fly. Each one tells a story about the history of flight and of human taste.

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