Monday links

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

Food Safety

Expert survey says: You can’t just test your way to food safety – Food Safety News
Recent foodborne illness outbreaks have pushed pathogen testing into the headlines, with national restaurant chains and local eateries touting negative test results as positive news.

Officials in China Call for National Standards on Halal Food – The New York Times
The Chinese characters for “pure” and “true,” signifying “halal,” hang over numerous restaurants across China, a symbol of a commitment to prepare food in accordance with Islamic law, including its ban on pork and alcohol. But some of China’s more than 23 million Muslims worry that businesses routinely flout those guidelines.

Agriculture

 5 Things to Know About Tea Farming – ABC News
A growing number of North American farmers from Mississippi to British Columbia are growing tea for the high-priced specialty market. Here are five things to know about tea farming.

National Ag Day – Ag Net West
The Agriculture Council of America will host National Agriculture Day today and marks the 43rd anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country.

Animal Science

New Genomic Class At National Holstein Show – Blackburn News
The 2016 National Holstein Convention Show will include a new competition based on genomics. The top genomic heifers in the show will compete in the show’s new Genomic Championship Class.

More Research Needed into Seneca Valley Virus – The Pig Site
A Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says more research is needed to help identify strategies for dealing with Seneca Valley Virus.

Toxicology

Fighting Drug Addiction With Drugs Works, but Only if Doctors Sign On – The New York Times
Almost one million American physicians can write a prescription for an opioid painkiller like Vicodin and OxyContin — one pathway to opioid addiction. But, because of regulatory hurdles and other factors, fewer than 32,000 doctors are permitted to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat such addiction.

Offbeat

PancakeBot Makes It Appropriate To Play With Your Food – Huffington Post
Here is some food for thought — what if you could have pancakes in any shape? And we’re not just talking Mickey Mouse ears.

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