Recover from Thanksgiving with the Monday links

Turkey Dinner PlateToo full to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

Neogen introduces NeoFilm for simple microbial countsNeogen

Neogen now offers another simple way to detect microbes.

Congress asks for proposed FSMA rulesThe Packer

In a letter, 75 members of Congress asked for a second draft of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules.

Mandatory country-of-origin meat labeling now in effect – Food Safety News

Some meat labels must now have more information on the origin of the product.

For more on country-of-origin labeling (COOL), click here.

Government continues to strengthen food safety – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canada has outlined steps it’s taking toward enhanced food safety.

 

Animal safety

Changes to USEF, FEI medication rules for 2014 – The Horse

The new rules include the 12-hour rule, which prohibits horses or ponies from being injected with certain substances 12 hours before competing.

Deaths from PEDv expected to fuel higher live hog prices in 2014 – The Pig Site

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv)  has caused a lot of pain across the industry.

 

Agriculture

Increasing cropping frequency may boost food supply – Ag Professional

Reducing harvest gap could increase the global food supply.

 

Toxicology

DEA: It’s new era of drug makers “treating our kids like guinea pigs” Orlando Sentinel

Synthetic drugs can have severe side effects and are difficult to regulate.

 

Plant diagnostics

EFSA issues urgent advice on plant bacteria Xylella fastidiosa European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

The bacteria currently are affecting 8000 hectares of olive trees.

Team sequences fungus known for plant root symbiosis – Ag Professional

The fungi Rhizophagus irregularis helps with phosphorus cycling.

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