Monday links

Fries_blogDon’t have time to scour the interwebs for all of the big news stories? No worries — we have you covered in this edition of Monday links!

Animal Safety

Manure fertilizer contributes to resistant bacteria – All About Feed
Treating dairy cows and other farm animals with antibiotics and then laying their manure in soil can cause the bacteria in the dirt to grow resistant to the drugs. But a recent study now suggests that the manure itself could be contributing to resistance, even when it comes from cows that are free of antibiotics.

Food Safety

Study: Hand Sanitizers, French Fries Don’t Mix Well With BPA-Coated Receipts – Food Safety News
A new study by researchers at the University of Missouri in Columbia reveals that people who used hand sanitizers, handled cash-register receipts and then ate French fries were quickly exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA).

Effects of New Inspection Rules on Poultry and Other Meat – Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) implemented its new Modernization of Poultry New Slaughter Inspection Regulation. Touted in the press as the “privatization” of poultry inspection, critics raise concerns that leaving more of the inspection responsibility to the facilities themselves will reduce the effectiveness and objectivity of the inspections.

Agriculture

Corn, Soybean Harvest Remains Behind Average Pace  – Agriculture News
Corn harvest is almost to the halfway point in what some farmers are starting to say will be a “long fall,” while soybean harvest continues to progress closer to the average pace, according to Monday’s USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

Plant scientists urge Europe to stop blocking GM trials on ‘political’ grounds – The Guardian
Twenty-one of Europe’s most prominent plant scientists have signed an open letter warning that Europe may lose its prime research position unless field trials are allowed of genetically modified (GM) plant varieties that have been judged safe.

Toxicology

This Is Your Brain on Drugs – New York Times
Dr. Gilman was reviewing a composite scan of the brains of 20 pot smokers, ages 18 to 25. What she and fellow researchers at Harvard and Northwestern University found within those scans surprised them.

Offbeat

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists’ Buyback Program Is Booming – National Public Radio
If you’re like many parents, after Halloween is over you may want to get rid of some of your kid’s candy. One possible solution? The Halloween Candy Buyback program, which was founded by dentist Chris Kammer in Wisconsin.

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