Monday links

DeliSandwich_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

The “Guide to Guidance”: The Final Rules Are Out, But You’re Still Confused? (You’re Not Alone!) –  The Acheson Group
The first two final rules of FSMA have been published and FDA has held a day-long meeting to discuss the Preventive Controls for Human Food and for Animal Food final rules.

Australian Outbreak Caused by Cross-Contamination From Kitchen Utensils – Food Safety News
A handheld kitchen stick blender contaminated with Salmonella caused a mass food poisoning outbreak in Brisbane, Australia, this past spring. According to health investigators, the bacteria were found on several kitchen utensils and had “incubated” during the cooking process.

Agriculture

This Giant Van Gogh Painting Is Made of Pumpkins, Watermelons and Squash – Smithsonian Magazine
If you’re flying through Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport this fall, keep an eye out for Vincent van Gogh’s “Olive Trees” from your airplane window. It won’t be hard to miss — this aerial crop art covers more than an acre of land.

Sales from organic U.S. farms reached $5.5 billion last year – Reuters
Sales from organic U.S. farms reached $5.5 billion last year, a 72% increase from 2008, the U.S. Agriculture Department said in a report that highlighted the consumer trend toward such products.

Animal Science

American Pharoah Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic, ‘Grand Slam’ – The Horse
American Pharoah added a final victory to his storied career when he crossed the finish line six and a half lengths ahead of his nearest competitors in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, held Oct. 31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.

Calf bedding materials for fall and winter – Michigan State University
It is time to change to winter bedding and bring out the calf jackets to provide calves extra warmth from low temperatures.

Toxicology

Oxytocin May Benefit Children With Autism – Tech Times
An Australian study found “love hormone” improves social skills of autistic kids.

Offbeat

A Microbiologist Recreated ‘Starry Night’ With Bacteria In A Petri Dish – Huffington Post
If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic “Starry Night” — especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri.

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