Tox Tuesday: FDA asks drug maker to pull powerful opioid painkiller

For the first time ever, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked a pharmaceutical company to take one of its products off the market.

Endo Pharmaceuticals produces Opana ER, a highly potent opioid painkiller intended for patients who require “daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment…for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.”

The drug, like […]

Don’t be an Easter party pooper

Nobody likes to be sick on a holiday.

Whether you celebrate Easter or just like making your food colorful, it’s important to make sure any Easter eggs you decorate this season are done so in a way that won’t cause you to get sick.

When we incorporate eggs into decorations and activities like egg hunts, […]

Monday Links

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

How some chickens got striped feathers – Science Daily Birds show an amazing diversity in plumage color and patterning. But what are the genetic mechanisms creating such patterns? Researchers now report that two […]

Neogen to present on meat speciation technology at PetFood Forum

With the current heightened concern over the content of pet food, Neogen will be presenting on the latest meat speciation testing technology at the PetFood Forum next week in Kansas City.

The forum will feature Neogen’s Dr. Susanne Hinkley’s poster presentation entitled, “Real time test methodology for the detection, identification and quantification of mammalian DNA […]

Foodborne illness: Common causes, signs and symptoms

When you are experiencing the extreme unpleasantness of foodborne illness, it may be difficult to discern the subtle differences between the signs and symptoms of the various causes of the illness.

But, the various causes of foodborne illness have drastically different short- and long-term health implications, from illnesses with relatively short durations and mild symptoms, […]

Wednesday Links

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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 […]

Some pizza box chemicals no longer considered safe by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week its plan to publish a final rule that will ban three chemicals used in many pizza boxes and other food packaging.

Known as perfluoroalkyl ethyl types, these chemicals are used in food contact substances and act as oil and water repellents for paper and paperboard. […]

FDA: First two FSMA rules finalized; aim to protect consumers

According to the FDA, the first two regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been finalized and aim to help make food safer for consumers. While the remaining five additional rules have yet to be finalized, the FDA says they will be released before the end of the year.

So, what do these […]

Proposal could change who regulates U.S. food safety

A part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget is a plan to bring together the country’s food safety operations into one agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With the goal of being able to better monitor food quality, this would reshape the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the new […]

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Catch up on the latest news and information in the food safety, animal science, agriculture and toxicology industries with Monday links!

Food Safety

FDA Urged to Require Allergen Labeling for Sesame Seeds – Food Safety News As many as 500,000 Americans are estimated to be allergic to sesame seeds, but current rules on allergen labeling […]