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Food Safety

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Announces Standardized Approach to Residues without Established Public Health Tolerances – USDA
FSIS announced today that it is standardizing the approach it will take in instances when sample results from livestock or poultry carcasses reveal chemicals for which neither the FDA nor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have set tolerances or regulatory levels.

Norovirus Hitting California Much Harder Than Last Year – Food Safety News
Dr. Karen Smith, the state public health officer who is also director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)  yesterday said California is experiencing a sharp increase in norovirus cases, commonly referred to as stomach flu or winter vomiting disease.

Agriculture

In The Maine Woods, A Towering Giant Could Help Save Chestnuts – NPR
Thanks to Nat King Cole, it’s hard to think of chestnuts without conjuring an image of them “roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose.” These days, tough, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone roasting American chestnuts over an open fire. The trees and the nuts have all but disappeared.

There’s a cauliflower shortage in the US, and it’s making prices skyrocket – Quartz
You’re not alone if you’re having trouble finding cauliflower in US or Canadian grocery stores—or digesting the price, which has recently been observed at $7 per head or more.

Animal Science  

Genetically Pure Bison Found In Utah – Utah State University
Researchers have confirmed that the Henry Mountains of southern Utah are home to a rare, genetically pure bison herd. The team included Utah State University scientists who analyzed tissue samples from the bison.

International Equine Disease Report, Third Quarter 2015 – The Horse
The International Collating Center, in Newmarket, U.K., and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks for the third quarter of 2015.

Toxicology

Many gene variants affect person’s response to medication – News Medical
Much hope has been placed on the development of personalized drug treatments, in which genetic tests determine the choice and optimal dose of medication for each individual patient. However, now research shows that many more gene variants affect how a person responds to medication than previously thought.

Offbeat

11 Rules (And Their Exceptions) to Help Conquer Your Spelling Woes – Mental Floss
English spelling can be frustrating and confusing, but there are things you can do to help make the task of getting it right more manageable. Here are some rules of thumb—and their exceptions—that you can use to conquer your spelling woes.

 

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