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Food safety

FDA, FSIS to hold public meeting on risk assessment of Listeria monocytogenes in retail delis – Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

The public meeting is planned for May 22 in Washington, D.C., and will cover a draft risk assessment regarding foodborne illness in ready-to-eat foods made in delis.

CFIA tests fresh grapes – more than 99 percent with no detectable levels of sulfitesCanadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

Sulfites can be naturally-occurring or added as a preservative. Most people aren’t affected by sulfites; however, those who have sulfite sensitivity can suffer serious reactions.

Cattlemen seek restart on approval process for irradiation – Grainews

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association plans to work toward expanding the range of foods that irradiation can be used on, which may help prevent dangerous pathogens from making it to the dinner plate.

Animal safety

Equine botulism blogNeogen

Neogen recently launched its Equine Botulism Blog, which aims to spread awareness of this deadly disease. In addition to facts and firsthand accounts, the blog will provide news of interest, expert articles and helpful information.

Influenza A (H7N9): Impacts on the poultry industry – The Poultry Site

The virus has sickened more than 100 in China and led to the suspension of live poultry markets in Shanghai. Meanwhile, Malaysia and the Philippines have banned some poultry imports from China.

La. horse owners urge to prepare for EEE, WNVThe Horse

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) are mosquito-borne diseases.

For more on these diseases and preventing them, check out this post from Neogen’s Dr. Little.

Only 38% of vet clinics operating at full capacityVeterinary Practice News

The study’s authors say the economy may play a role in the underutilization of veterinary capacity.

Agriculture

U.S. Drought Monitor for April 23

While heavy rains decreased the drought for part of the U.S., in other areas it continued to intensify.

Vegetable color overrated, scientists say – The Packer

Bright colors aren’t the only indicator of nutritional value.

Economists predict better times ahead for dairies – Capital Press

Things could be improving for dairy farmers, as feed prices continue to decline.

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