Monday links

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Food Safety

Growers eye FDA’s Produce Safety Rule from ground level – Food Safety News
The fresh produce industry is watching closely as enforceable requirements in the FDA’s Produce Safety Rule gradually come into play at ground level. The rule is one of seven the agency has drafted to implement facets of the sweeping 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

Whole genome sequencing could become a food safety detection standard – Food Drive
The most obvious implication of the increased availability of whole genome sequencing will be the detection of more outbreaks in better detail. This could enable manufacturers to identify the source of an outbreak linked to their products more quickly.

Animal Science    

Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off – FDA
This sugar substitute, found in some human foods and dental products, can be poisonous to your dog.

USDA survey on honey bee health – USDA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of its first ever Honey Bee Colony Loss survey today. The survey queried more than 20,000 honey beekeepers about the number of colonies, colonies lost, colonies added, and colonies affected by certain stressors and gleans state-level estimates on key honey bee health topics.

Agriculture

“Farmers’ Guide” helps organic producers – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) announced the publication of its Organic Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Reserve Program Field Border Buffer Initiative. The guide is intended to be a free resource, one of many free guides NSAC regularly produces for farmers and farm groups, for organic farmers interested in accessing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new Organic Buffer Initiative.

How algae could save plants from themselves – Science Daily
Because they are more efficient than most plants at taking in carbon dioxide from the air, algae could transform agriculture. If their efficiency could be transferred to crops, we could grow more food in less time using less water and less nitrogen fertilizer.

Toxicology

Does acetaminophen reduce empathy? – Medical News Today
Researchers have found evidence that acetaminophen not only dulls physical pain, it also reduces our ability to predict pain in others and empathize. If the results are to be believed, this common drug might hamper our ability to imagine each other’s discomfort. 

Offbeat

Why Does Glitter Stick to Everything? – Live Science
If you’ve ever worked with glitter for an art project, you know that the sparkly stuff sticks to just about everything — and removing it from your skin, or really any surface, can be a real chore.

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