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Food safety

Label backlog and expedited label evaluation process (Constituent update) – U.S. Department of Agriculture

With the U.S. government up and running again, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has addressed manufacturers’ concerns about backlogs and delays surrounding labels.

The health and economic effects of zearalenone contamination in feed – Neogen

Grain and animal feed contaminated with the mycotoxin zearalenone can have a significant negative impact on the health of livestock. To help raise awareness of this toxin, Neogen is hosting a free webinar featuring several industry experts at 11 a.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 25.

EU law must adapt to allow insects in livestock production – All About Feed

Insect protein may be the new wave in animal feed.

AMI requests withdrawal of MT labeling rule – Meat & Poultry

The American Meat Institute is urging the USDA to halt its proposed labeling rule for mechanically tenderized meat.

 

Animal safety

What if we could see germs? – Michigan State University Extension

Sometimes it’s the things we can’t see that matter the most.

South Dakota livestock deaths revised downward – Veterinary Practice News

New information places the number of livestock deaths from early October’s devastating blizzard in South Dakota at about 10,000. Earlier estimates placed the number between 60,000 and 100,000 animals. Meanwhile, producers from other states are banding together to help those affected rebuild their herds (read more here).

How hormones affect the way we bond with our pets – Fully Vetted

It’s all about love and oxytocin.

Massachusetts adopts uniform racehorse drug regulations – The Horse

The updated rules include stiffer penalties for those who break the rules.

Canadian pork officially on the menu in the EU – The Pig Site

The move will expand Canada’s pork exports.

 

Agriculture

USDA reports rescheduled – Dairy Business

The delayed reports will be released in the coming weeks.

Photosynthesis study clears path to developing new super crops – Ag Professional

A new study looking at an advanced form of photosynthesis may lead to the development of highly efficient crops.

 

Toxicology

Party drug ketamine more dangerous than previously thought – The Telegraph

Large amounts of the drug can cause severe damage to the bladder. Officials currently are considering reclassifying ketamine to reflect the new information.

Read more on ketamine here.

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