Monday links

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Food Safety

FDA Finalizes Food Safety Rule on Food Transport – Food Processing
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a new food safety rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent food contamination during transportation. The rule will require those transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary shipments.

A Tale of Food Safety Woes: This Ever Happen To You? – Food Safety Magazine
For unwary and wary food companies alike, cautionary tales abound. Valuable lessons can be learned from the mistakes, intentional and unintentional, of others. Those accounts warrant telling and repeating.

Agriculture

Record growth in U.S. organic sector – USDA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector.

New world record wheat yield – Morning Ag Clips
Confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records, United Kingdom wheat producers couldn’t believe what the yield monitor on their combine was telling them.

Animal Science        

7 ways to make bull buying easier – Drovers
Many cattlemen dread buying bulls, according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Cole says he understands the concerns, but there are some basic things that can be done to reduce the anxiety involved in bull shopping and buying.

Dog Flu Jumps to Cats in Midwest – Discovery
For the first time in the United States, the H3N2 dog flu has been detected in multiple cats, according to researchers with the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Veterinary Medicine.

Toxicology

Sugar Is Addictive In The Same Way As Smoking And Alcohol – Huffington Post
Does it seem like kicking a sugar habit is as hard as dropping the cigarettes and cold ones? It turns out there’s a good reason behind that — a group of researchers have found that sugar, alcohol, and nicotine are all addicting in the same way.

Offbeat

Are hedgehog cafes the next big thing? – NBC
If you want to sip tea alongside adorable animals, everyone knows you should go to Japan: The country was the first to get on board with the “cat cafe” craze — now there are even “owl cafes” in Tokyo and Osaka. But, quite frankly, even cats and owls can’t hold a flame to Japan’s newest cuddly cafe resident: hedgehogs!

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