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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 study by USDA, FDA aims to enhance food safety in retail delis (Risk assessment targets Listeria monocytogenes) – USDA FSIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are launching the first study of its kind on Listeria monocytogenes and retail deli foods.

Recall plan guidebook now available – USDA FSIS

FSIS has released a book on how to effectively develop a meat and poultry recall plan.

U.S. beef industry working to regain beef access in Russia – BEEF

U.S. officials are trying to restore beef exports to Russia, which were halted after the Russian government cracked down on the feed additive ractopamine.

USDA expects only modest increase in 2013 food prices – Farm World

The agency revised its earlier prediction of a 4 percent jump in food prices down to about 2.5 percent.

Why you crave sugary foods even if they taste like crap – Discover

Our brains just crave high calorie foods.

Animal safety

Calif. wildfire season begins; horse owners urged to prepare – The Horse

Readiness is vital is getting ready for wildfires.

Avian influenza spreads across Mexico – The Poultry Site

A different strain than the one affecting China is causing serious concern in Mexico.

News analysis: China’s poultry prices to rise as H7N9 wanes – People’s Daily

An outbreak of H7N9 bird flu could cause poultry prices in China to jump.

Agriculture

2012 Census of Agriculture deadline approaching – Progressive Cattleman

The deadline is May 31. The survey helps the USDA paint an accurate picture of U.S. agriculture and helps shape future ag policy and programs.

Drier weather to give big boost to U.S. corn plantings – Drovers Cattle Network

Dry weather in the first half of this week will help planting, which have been bogged down by wet weather in much of the U.S.

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