Monday links

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Food Safety

Why food allergy fakers need to stop – Boston Globe
From gluten to garlic, diets and dislikes are being passed off as medical conditions. Chefs and real sufferers have had enough.

Food Safety Resources for Thanksgiving Troubles – USDA
The USDA wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise.

Agriculture

USDA Vows To Help Young Farmers, But Will It Be Enough? – Modern Farmer
American farming is in a slow-burning crisis: The average age of farmers is getting older every year, and few young or new farmers are entering what’s known as a difficult, unforgiving, not-very-profitable business. But the USDA is making some serious efforts to solve it.

Transportation is key for the future of U.S. agriculture – Ohio Country Journal
One important current transportation infrastructure measure is the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 that would extend federal highway funding for the next six years.

Animal Science

Antibiotic Awareness in Horses: What to Know – The Horse
Horses worldwide are suffering the effects of antibiotic resistance, rendering antibiotic treatment for a variety of infections ineffective. However, better education of both veterinarians and owners—especially in developing countries—and ongoing research can help reverse this trend.

U.S. feedlot cattle placements in October hit nearly 20-year low – AGWEEK
The number of cattle placed into U.S. feedlots last month declined 4% from a year ago to their lowest level for October since the government began tabulating the data in 1996, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed last week.

Toxicology

FDA approves nasal spray for opioid overdose treatment – Reuters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever nasal spray emergency treatment for opioid overdose last week.

Offbeat

Colorful Turkeys the Hit of Connecticut Turkey Farm – ABC News
Visitors to a Connecticut turkey farm who see turkeys in neon colors like pink, yellow and orange wandering the farm are not seeing things; the colored turkeys are a feature of the farm, and they are proud of it.

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