Monday links

CandyCorn resizedHave no fear, Monday links is here! Take a moment and catch up with the latest news in the food safety, animal science, agriculture and toxicology sectors.

Food Safety

10 food allergy safety tips for Halloween – Examiner
Halloween may be particularly frightening for kids, teens, and adults with food allergies and sensitivities but here are some steps to take in order to avoid these dangers. 

The Use of Thermal Energy Technology to Improve Food Safety – Food Safety Magazine
It goes without saying that it is of utmost importance that food is treated with special care throughout the food production, transportation, storage and sales processes. Of course human errors do occur, but legitimate attempts are being made to tweak technology to ensure that these errors occur as rarely as possible.

Animal Science

Study: Horses can Communicate Blanketing Preferences – The Horse
Blanket? No blanket? Blanket? Oh, that frustrating inner battle on a cool day. There are many good reasons to put a blanket on your horse, but there are just as many reasons to leave it off. If only your horse could just tell you what he wanted!

Cattle, Sheep Farmers Wanted For Genetics Survey – The Cattle Site
Red meat levy board EBLEX is calling on sheep and beef breeders to take part in a national genetic improvement survey.

Agriculture

GMOs Expose Dangerous Science Disconnect in Agriculture – Huffington Post
A contentious issue in the upcoming Colorado and Oregon GMO labeling referendums is the perceived safety of consuming genetically modified foods.

Toxicology

Prescription drug abuse bill stirs controversy over privacy – New York Daily Record
Civil rights advocates, doctors and some state lawmakers are at odds over a prescription drug monitoring program that passed the senate earlier this month to combat prescription drug abuse by creating an electronic database that some worry could compromise the privacy of a patient’s medical records.

Dietary Supplements Contained Banned Drugs After FDA Recalls
– Food Safety News
A new study finds that a high percentage of dietary supplements still contained banned drugs at least six months after being recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Offbeat

Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend: Do We Really Need It? – National Geographic
Changing our clocks twice a year doesn’t really save energy, for starters.

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