Start off your week with the Monday Links

Each week, we like to bring you the Monday Links — your go-to source for everything in the food and animal industry and beyond. At Neogen, we work to bring you the biggest and breaking news stories from around the world. What’s happening this week? Read on to find out.

ANIMAL INDUSTRY

VIDEO: What is driving growth in animal health business? (Fox Business)

Pet health insurance, medicines developed specifically for pets, longer lives for our companion animals and more — the pet health care business is booming.

China ends animal testing rule for some cosmetics (The New York Times)

In a move praised by animal rights activists, China has removed a controversial requirement from its legislation. The China Food and Drug Administration will stop requiring tests on certain cosmetic products.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Repeal of food safety law in California in “final push” (LA Times)

A repeal of the “no bare hands” law, prohibiting cooks and bartenders from touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands, may soon be on hand. The repeal has been approved by the state Senate 32–0 and is heading to the governor’s office for final ruling. If signed into law, restaurants and bars would return to the original mandate of “minimizing” bare hand contact with food.

AGRICULTURE

Carbohydrates help plants survive drought (Phys.org)

A new study shows that plants with higher levels of starch and sugars “can survive droughts better than species with lower levels.” The study is part of the effort to conserve rain forests.

Reaping rewards of Africa’s agricultural transformation (AllAfrica)

Leaders from around the continent of Africa have recently recommitted to allocating 10 percent of their national budgets to agriculture and to achieving at least 6 percent annual growth. The move, which is aimed at eliminating hunger in the continent, has already seen promising results.

TOXICOLOGY

Rise in U.S. cannabis use treatments (BBC)

Prevalence of cannabis use and emergency room visits are on the rise in the United States. Reports from the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime’s World Drugs Report says that the increased potency of cannabis is making the drug more harmful to users.

FDA asked to add safety warning to energy drinks (CNBC)

Energy drinks have been linked to multiple deaths since October 2012. While the study has not proven that the drinks are the direct cause of the deaths, it has some worried. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is being asked to lower the amount of legally-allowed caffeine in a beverage.

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