Monday links

Don’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

Study: Washing Utensils Between Uses Important for Safer Produce – Food Safety News
Poor hygiene and improper food preparation can lead to foodborne illnesses at home. The first step of the government’s safe food handling advice to consumers is to wash hands before and after handling food and clean cutting boards, dishes, utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item.

Countdown to Thanksgiving – FoodSafety.gov
The holiday countdown has begun. USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline is ready to assist by offering some sure-fire ways to beat the clock to ensure a safe and delicious holiday dinner.

Agriculture

No really. This pencil grows into a tomato – CNN
Denmark-based Sprout World wants to shrink waste. The startup makes plantable pencils that grow into vegetables, herbs or flowering plants once you’re done using them.

Managing stored grain to minimize storage losses – University of Minnesota Extension
When grain harvest approaches, it is time to review basic on-farm grain storage principles for maintaining quality of stored commodities. Harvest should include preparation of storage structures to receive grain, which includes several practices that aid in preventing pest infestations from developing within our storage structures.

Animal Science

Understanding Calcium Absorption Helps Create Better Pig Diets – The Pig Site
Recent research at the University of Illinois is adding to the industry’s understanding of calcium digestibility.

USEF Announces New Equine Vaccination Rule – The Horse
In January, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors approved an addition to the rule book, which outlines equine vaccination requirements at licensed competitions.

Toxicology

Athletics governing body suspends Russia from all competitions – The Guardian
The governing body of world athletics has taken the unprecedented step of suspending Russia from all competitions in the wake of revelations of state-sponsored doping.

Offbeat

Cougars May Spread to U.S. Midwest Within Decades – National Geographic
A new model suggests the big cats will soon recolonize Arkansas, Missouri, and other parts of the American heartland.

 

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