Monday Links

Produce3Catch up on the latest news and information in the food safety, animal science and agriculture industries with Monday links!

Food Safety

Studies Find Reusable Produce Containers Often Contaminated – Food Safety News
Reusable plastic containers used by farmers to ship fresh produce from farms to grocery stores have gained wide usage in the last decade, effectively replacing corrugated boxes with a more environmentally friendly alternative. But two studies have found serious problems with the general sanitation and cleanliness of those containers, raising concerns about possible food safety risks.

Animal Safety

Pork industry launches new tool for animal, food-safety audit process – Iowa Farmer Today
A new common swine industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors is now certified and available to the public after 18 months of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board recently announced.

How to travel safely with your pet during the holidays – Detroit Free Press
Millions of pet owners could unknowingly put their dogs and cats at risk when they travel for the holidays, but a few tips can make the journey safer and more enjoyable.

Agriculture

Big Data Companies Agree: Farmers Should Own Their Information –National Public Radio
Some of the biggest names in American agriculture, ranging from farmers’ organizations to private companies, have agreed on principles governing the use of data collected from farms.

Still plenty of work to do on mycotoxins” – All About Feed
An effective mycotoxin strategy entails more than one measure. At the same time, climate change, new feed ingredients (such as mealworms) and plant toxins are there to make it even more challenging to keep humans and animals free of exposure.

Toxicology

Marijuana Use Linked to Changes in the Brain – Live Science
Using marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research.

Offbeat

Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin) – National Public Radio
We’d be surprised if anyone believed that coffee house baristas were squirting actual bits of pumpkin into latte drinks. But what is in that “science goo?”

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