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

Could Feeding Livestock Hemp, Contaminate Food with Cannabis? – The Pig Site
European scientists and food safety experts have called for more research and information on the risks to consumers of feeding hemp to livestock and poultry.

North Carolina Confirms First Equine EEE Case of 2015 – The Horse
North Carolina animal health officials have confirmed that a Cumberland County horse died last month after contracting eastern equine encephalomyelitis, a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable by vaccination.

Food Safety

New light technology helps improve food safety – PHYS
The use of ultraviolet light, pulsed light and LED lights are being studied by food technologists as a new way to improve food longevity and assist in eliminating bacteria from such food products as milk and juices.

Q&A: Food safety expert helps home cooks preserve produce properly – Lancaster Online
Home canning — processing food for storage in glass jars — is a great way to keep a bit of summer on your shelf year-round by preserving fresh Lancaster County produce. But canning must be done safely.

Agriculture           

Record EU harvest: more grains used for feed – All about Feed
The cereal production figure for 2014/2015 marketing year is now consolidated at a record level of 329 million tonnes (299 million tons U.S.) The figure is 14% above the five year trimmed average and 8% higher than the previous year.

Senate subcommittee advances $20.5B bill funding Agriculture, FDA – The Hill
A Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would fund the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the next fiscal year.

Toxicology

Just How Unsafe are Painkillers? – Time
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened its warning that certain painkillers can cause heart problems.

Offbeat

Kangaroos Are Lefties—Why Handedness Is Rare Among Animals – National Geographic
The preference for using one hand likely emerged after red and eastern gray kangaroos started walking upright, just as it did in humans, a new study says.

 

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