Monday links

meatgrinderDon’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

Scientist successfully reduces Salmonella in ground meat – Food Safety News
New hope for resolving an old food safety problem has come out of a new meat laboratory at the University of Nevada-Reno where scientists have found a way to reduce Salmonella in ground meat and poultry by 90%.

The U.S. Food Safety System Has Come a Long Way in 50 Years – USDA
The U.S. food safety system has seen some of the most significant updates since the 1950s, adopting a risk-based, data-driven approach to prevent foodborne problems, rather than reacting after something goes wrong.

Animal Science

Cloned calves create ultimate steak – Drovers Cattle Network
Scientists confirmed this week that research involving cloned cattle shows it’s possible to get higher value meat without wasteful trim fat. Their findings are through the offspring of cloned cows.

Use parasitoids and insecticides together to battle flies – Farm Journal
There are three ways to control stable flies and house flies in a confined livestock facility: sanitation, sanitation and sanitation. But since we know that the best sanitation practices won’t totally control pest problems, there are several other things that we can do to improve the efficacy of individual products and procedures.

Agriculture

U.S. GMO food labeling bill passes Senate – Drovers Cattle Network
The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would for the first time require food to carry labels listing genetically modified ingredients, which labeling supporters say could create loopholes for some U.S. crops.

NASA sends Henderson 5th-graders’ soybean experiment into space – Las Vegas Review Journal
Astronauts headed for the International Space Station in 2017 are scheduled to test an idea they got from three girls at John C. Vanderburg Elementary School.

Toxicology

Opioid epidemic: 20% of prescribed painkiller users share them – Medical News Today
Since 1999, overdose deaths from opioids — including prescription painkillers and heroin —  have nearly quadrupled in the U.S. In the thick of what is being termed an opioid epidemic in the U.S., a new study finds that more than 50% of patients with prescribed opioids have leftover tablets, and many save them to share or use later.

Offbeat

Watch Steaks Sizzle Over Molten Hot Lava – Popular Mechanics
Students and geologists at Syracuse University grilled steaks over lava. No big deal. Part stunt, part educational demo for the school’s Lava Project, this literally might be the fastest way to cook a T-bone.

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