Monday links

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Agriculture

Smartphone App Hopes To Be The “Shazam For Plants” – Modern Farmer
The app can, theoretically, identify a plant based on a photo you take of it with your phone. Apps like Shazam, which can identify music that’s playing around you, have put in our minds that this kind of thing is possible.

Program Promotes Agricultural Products Grown by Veterans – The News-Sentinel
Promoting locally grown farm and agricultural products is great, Fort Wayne beekeeper Glenn Hile said. Promoting local farm products grown by U.S. military veterans is even better.

Food Safety

National meat and poultry group reviews retail Listeria controls – Food Safety News
The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) is poised to review Listeria monocytogenes control at retail outlets and consider mandatory features on the labels of processed, not-ready-to-eat products that appear as ready-to-eat.

Ensuring the Safety of Foreign Foods – Food Safety Magazine
The protections of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) extend beyond the borders of the United States. The goal is that any human or animal food, or their ingredients, which are imported into the U.S. must be produced under the same safety standards as food that is produced in this country.

Animal Science

Biosecurity in Poultry Production: What Makes it Work – and What Doesn’t – The Poultry Site
Over the past several years, the U.S. poultry industry has been challenged by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. In fact, every year since the 1970s, we have on average identified one new disease or a more virulent strain of a known disease.

Livestock producers need to prepare for veterinary feed directive – Drovers Cattle Network
The clock is ticking for livestock producers as new Food and Drug Administration rules go into effect in December governing all feed-grade and water-soluble antibiotics that are considered medically important.

Toxicology

Some Say Kratom Is A Solution To Opioid Addiction. Not If Drug Warriors Ban It First – Huffington Post
As kratom gets a modern makeover, popping up in new products like energy shots and bright, gaudy packages sold in headshops, the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration are raising concerns about it.

Offbeat

David Attenborough examines an unhatched dinosaur egg – Nerdist
In this video Attenborough talks about the dino’s skull, limb bones, and an egg tooth similar to those found in modern birds. We also get to see a computer rendering of what it the prehistoric baby may have looked like in the egg.

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