Monday links

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

Food Safety

Foodborne illness ravages Iraqi refuges; charity blamed — Food Safety News
In a refugee camp in Iraq, more than 800 people became sick and two may have died from a suspected foodborne illness that some in the region are saying was orchestrated by a charity group. The United Nations estimates 6,235 people live in the camp.

Listeria Challenges Safe Cheese Production — Food Safety Magazine
Dairy foods are linked to almost one-quarter of infections caused by the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, accounting for over $700 million in healthcare costs annually in the U.S. alone. A recent study proposes a foundation for improving food safety, and reports a potential agent that may address current limitations on anti-Listeria processes for fresh cheeses.

Animal Safety

Safety Watch: Expect the unexpected when handling livestock — Missouri Farmer Today
In farming, you have to expect the unexpected. Sometimes that means floods or droughts that affect when you can get in the fields or yields at harvest. And sometimes that means a sudden change in temperament of an animal you’ve worked with its entire life.

Probiotics: How to make them survive pelleting — All About Feed
Probiotics are increasingly used in animal feed formulations. But the product can only be beneficial for the animal if it survives pelleting. This is especially the case for probiotics that are based on live organisms.

Agriculture

Giant watermelon brought back after 100 years — Magic Valley
With the help of bees, a farmer in Florida has brought back the Florida Favorite, once the state’s official watermelon. The flavorful fruit largely disappeared around World War I, weighs about 30 pounds and has a long and storied past with watermelon growers in the area.

Scientists Create Insanely Precise Tomato-Ripeness Detector — Modern Farmer
Researchers have created a new technique for measuring the ripeness of a tomato down to a granular level using an instrument called a portable Raman spectrometer. The technique could be used to pick fruits at the best possible time, allowing them to ripen perfectly when they arrive at the market.

Toxicology

The opioid epidemic in Ohio is so bad, a church is handing out Narcan — CNN
After repeated encounters with overdose victims, church leader Jeremy Bouer of Cincinnati, Ohio decided to take action. At his church’s annual family festival, the parish handed out Narcan kits to the congregation. Narcan counteracts the effects of opioids and can reverse an overdose.

Offbeat

Study finds 16.4 million Americans think chocolate milk comes out of the cow like that — The Week
A new study by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy found that 7% of American adults, or approximately 16.4 million people, think chocolate milk comes out of the cow chocolate-flavored and brown.

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