Monday links

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Food Safety

Lingering Food Safety Regulatory Issues For China In 2016 – Forbes
As 2016 begins, and China continues implementing its revised Food Safety Law, two features of food safety regulation and their development are striking.

World’s Largest Meatpacking Firm Wants To Test Out Robot Butchers – NPR
Late this fall JBS, the Brazil-based protein powerhouse, bought a controlling share of Scott Technology, a New Zealand-based robotics firm.

Agriculture

Climate change: Cereal harvests across the world ‘fall by 10% in 50 years’ – Independent
Droughts and heatwaves have reduced cereal harvests by an average of about 10% globally over the past half century, and their impact has become stronger in recent decades especially in developed countries, a study has found.

How to re-bloom your holiday poinsettia – Michigan State University
Having a poinsettia plant during the holidays is a tradition for many people, and some often wonder if it’s possible to get the plant to bloom again for next year. It is possible, but it just doesn’t happen if the plant is indoors.

Animal Science  

Tiny Turtles Carry Salmonella Threat – Medline Plus
Though banned as pets in U.S., they’re still sold illegally and children are often the ones sickened, CDC finds.

Early childhood exposure to farm animals, pets modifies immunological responses –Science Daily
Exposure to farm animals in early childhood modifies the key allergy-related immunological mechanisms, shows a recent study, which provides new insight into the role of dendritic cells and cytokine production in particular.

Toxicology

E-cigarettes lower immunity to flu and other germs – Science News
Electronic cigarette vapors can trigger substantial inflammation in the lung, a new study in mice finds. And that may make the animals more susceptible to infections by bacteria and viruses, such as strep and flu germs.

Offbeat

Human blood from a mosquito’s lunch can be used as forensic evidence – Discover
Anyone who’s ever watched Jurassic Park knows that blood-sucking insects can, in principle, be sources of DNA of their prey. But how reliably? Can living insects, perhaps, be sources of DNA evidence used to solve crimes?

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