Wednesday Links

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

Animal Science

Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination – Science Daily

With honeybee colony health wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways of pollinating plants in the future, a new Georgia […]

Canada introduces labels for mechanically tenderized beef

Shoppers in Canada can now easily determine if the beef they are considering for purchase has been mechanically tenderized.

In response to a 2012 outbreak of E. coli associated with mechanically tenderized beef (MTB), the Canadian government mandated the use of labels that clearly indicate MTB, and also include instructions to safely prepare the product.

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Canada announces mechanically tenderized beef rule

Canada’s rules surrounding mechanically tenderized beef may soon be stricter.

The new proposal would amend the country’s Food and Drug Regulation to provide a definition of mechanically tenderized beef, require labeling for all mechanically tenderized beef sold in Canada, and update requirements surrounding the addition of proper cooking instructions, according to the Feb. 15 edition […]

More cases of PEDV reported in Canada

Ten cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) have now been reported in Canada after it was first discovered in Ontario last week.

The virus has already caused the loss of an estimated million pigs in the U.S., where it was first reported last spring. PEDV is endemic in other parts of the world but […]

PEDV reported in Canada

Canada’s first cases of a deadly swine virus have been reported in Ontario.

Although porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) isn’t transmissible to humans and doesn’t affect food safety, it does cause high mortality rates among infected pigs. The virus is endemic in other areas of the world and was first reported in the U.S. last […]

Court of Appeals hears COOL arguments

The U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling law (COOL) had another day in court Thursday.

At issue before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was whether the denial of an injunction against the implementation of the rule by the U.S. District Court should stand. In September, District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson […]

Here are your Thanksgiving week 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

To wash or not to wash…your turkey? – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Washing turkeys can spread bacteria throughout the kitchen, and may cause more harm than good.

FDA […]

WTO to intervene in COOL dispute

Following requests from Canada and Mexico, the World Trade Organization (WTO) recently announced plans to take another look at the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) has said it will convene a panel to investigate whether the U.S. COOL law is in compliance with earlier WTO rulings. The panel will […]

Judge denies COOL injunction

An attempt to halt the implementation of the U.S. updated country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules has failed in court.

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson denied a request for a preliminary injunction from plaintiffs in a lawsuit hoping the block COOL. The plaintiffs include nine meat, cattle and pork industry groups that represent parties […]

Canada looks to WTO on COOL

As the debate over the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law continues, Canadian officials have requested additional World Trade Organization (WTO) involvement.

On Monday, Canada requested a WTO compliance panel to review the rule, which changes how “muscle cut” commodities are labeled in the U.S. The rule requires the meat’s origin designation to include information not […]