Settle in for the week with the Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

New country-of-origin labeling regulations: No new law – Food Safety News

U.S. officials hope to amend its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law while still complying with a World Trade Organization ruling.

For more on this issue, check out past Neogen blog posts here.

EU gives “untimely” OK to pork, poultry in fish feed – ThePigSite.com

French officials disagree with the approval of processed animal proteins (PAPs) for use in fish food. PAPs were banned in animal feed more than a decade ago over concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow).

Kenya: Aquaculture risen over 500% AllAboutFeed.net

The jump occurred throughout the past four years.

3 more in hospital after eating mussels – AsiaOne

So far, 46 people have been hospitalized after eating mussels from waters hit with red tide.

Animal safety

Russia approves vet certificates for U.S. poultry productsWorld Poultry

The move could help increase the market between the two countries, while also resolving issues surrounding Russia’s ban on certain U.S. meat products, such as turkey.

England makes microchips compulsory in dogs by 2016Veterinary Practice News

Officials hope the move will cut down on the more than 100,000 dogs either lost or intentionally turned out annually.

Antifreeze just got safer (but not safe) – Fully Vetted

Thanks to an agreement between the Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Consumer Specialty Products Association, antifreeze countrywide now will contain a bittering agent to deter pets and small children from consuming it.

Horses’ inherent response to harsh, soothing tones evaluated – TheHorse.com

Horses may not naturally be able to differentiate between soft and harsh human vocal tones.

EU to lift ban on some U.S. meats – Progressive Cattleman

Come Feb. 25, the European Union (EU) will lift a ban on U.S live pigs and beef washed in lactic acid.

Agriculture

U.S. soil drought recovery could take two years – AllAboutFeed.net

Soil is dry as far down as five feet, according to a University of Missouri professor.

Growing resistance, Oregon hazelnuts battle blight – NPR’s The Salt

Scientists are fighting back at a blight that poses a serious threat to Oregon’s hazelnut trees, which produce 99 percent of the U.S. supply of the nuts.

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