Monday links

Plate_DANGER_blog2Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

“Health risk’” warning over fall in food safety checks – BBC
Food hygiene inspections in the U.K. have fallen by 15% since 2003, research shows — with experts warning of risks to public health.

California Farm Use Of Oilfield Waste Water Prompts Food-Safety Inquiry – CBS News
Some popular California-grown fruits and nuts are irrigated with waste water from oilfields. No one has been checking if the practice is actually safe — until now.

Agriculture

Researcher Says the Impending Death of the World’s Favorite Banana Has Been Greatly Exaggerated – Modern Farmer
Major media outlets have had headlines proclaiming the impending demise of the Cavendish, the world’s most popular banana. But look a bit closer and you’ll notice these same headlines also contain words like “possible,” “could,” and “may,” which indicates something far less frightening.

After The Battle, The Harvest: Programs Help Vets Move Into Farming – NPR
As thousands of younger Americans leave the military — which has been downsizing lately — the USDA would like them to consider carrying the torch as older farmers start to retire. The department even has a military veterans liaison.

Animal Science        

Feeding bacteria to livestock could cut antibiotic use – Harvest Public Media
A good yogurt will contain several live bacteria, which can help you stay healthy by keeping your gut happy. No one’s going to feed pigs, chickens or cows yogurt. Some researchers, though, think a bacterium commonly found in your lunchbox, Lactobacillus acidophilus, may be help keep animals healthy and lead to less dependence on drugs important for human health.

Chemicals from Old Poultry Houses Can Contaminate Eggs – The Poultry Site
Chickens foraging on soils containing environmental pollutants can accumulate these chemicals in their tissues and eggs. A recent study assessed levels of dioxins in eggs produced in Poland, in some cases finding concentrations several times above the safe E.U. limit.

Toxicology              

FDA Reconsiders Painkiller Training Requirements for Doctors – NBC News
The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents.

Offbeat

Nice Caboose: Animals With the Longest Tails – National Geographic
Lizards, birds, and giraffes are among nature’s record holders.

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