Monday links

IceCream_YoungGirl_wBackground_blogDon’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

IDFA guidance targets food safety in ice cream – Food Engineering
To help ice cream manufacturers bolster their food safety practices and avoid Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the International Dairy Foods Association and its Ice Cream Food Safety Task Force released a new guidance: “Listeria Control Resources for the Ice Cream and Frozen Ready-to-Eat Dairy-Based Dessert Industry.”

U.S. and Canada agree their food safety systems are comparable – Food Safety News
The United States and Canada have comparable food safety systems, a fact that has now been officially recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The food safety systems for Australia and the European Union are likely coming soon.

Animal Science        

Nyquist Wins 142nd Kentucky Derby, Remains Unbeaten – The Horse
Reddam Racing’s Nyquist took the lead from Gun Runner in the upper stretch, opened a daylight margin, and had more than enough to hold off Exaggerator by 1 ¼ lengths to win the 142nd running of the $2,391,600 Kentucky Derby before a crowd of 167,227, the second-largest in Derby history.

Microorganisms and Man’s Best Friend – Microbiologics blog
It’s the American Veterinary Medical Association National Pet Week! Complied here is a list of common ailments in cats and dogs along with the microorganisms that cause them. Also included are some helpful tips for keeping your pets healthy and happy.

Agriculture

What Is ‘Natural’ Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil – NPR
Given our current attitudes, the riddle might be better described as religious. Data show that 51% of us shop for “all natural” food – shelling out some $40 billion a year on these products. We even choose natural over organic, market analysts have found. Natural has become the non-denominational version of kosher, and orthodoxy is on the rise.

Weather woes continue for South America – Morning Ag Clips
Continuing adverse weather conditions in South America caused some analysts to lower their crop yield estimates last week. Hot and dry conditions in April during the critical pollination phase of Brazil’s safrinha corn crop jeopardized yield totals. Meanwhile, the exact opposite weather conditions in Argentina, cold and wet, flooded soybean fields, and the extent of the damage is yet to be determined.

Toxicology

NFL Warns Players Eating Too Much Meat In Mexico, China Could Lead To Failed Drug Test – CBS
The NFL said in a memo that some meat produced in China and Mexico could be contaminated with anabolic agent clenbuterol, which is banned by the league’s Performance-Enhancing Substances policy.

Offbeat

Smartphone Study Uncovers Why So Much of the World is Short on Sleep – Smithsonian Magazine
Age, gender and nationality impact how much we sleep, and social pressures rob many of needed rest.

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