Take a time out with the Monday links

beef tartare_blogIn a holidaze and 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

Fall 2013 White House regulatory plan includes many food safety rules – Food Safety News

Many food safety items, including rules surrounding mechanically-tenderized beef and pet food labeling, are on the list.

FSMA foundational rule implementation remains in flux – what to do now? – Food Safety Magazine

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), it’s still important to be prepared.

Japan lifts Irish beef ban – Meat & Poultry

The ban was originally implemented in 2000 after an outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

“Heightened awareness” about pathogens, allergens in U.S. dairy: Neogen – Dairy Reporter

FSMA and consumer interest has placed an increased emphasis on allergens in the dairy industry.

Wisconsin hopes to put kibosh on “cannibal sandwiches” – Meat & Poultry

“Cannibal sandwiches” or “tiger meat” is a traditional raw ground beef dish.

 

Animal safety

Cat’s out of the bag in new survey – Veterinary Practice News

A survey sought to unravel owners’ perceptions of their cats.

Movement rules to be simplified, announced Wales government – The Cattle Site

Come 2015, it will be simpler to move livestock in Wales.

State veterinarian warns dog owners: Test for canine brucellosis – Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

There have been three investigations into canine brucellosis cases in Michigan during the past few months.

 

Agriculture

Kentucky agriculture forecast to hit record $6 billion in sales for 2013 – Kentucky.com

It’s forecasted to top $6.2 billion next year.

October beef exports continue surge – Progressive Cattleman

October was a good month for beef and pork exports.

October dairy export values top $600 million again – Dairy Business

This is the fourth time dairy exports have surpassed $600 million during the past six months.

 

Toxicology

Marijuana can be covered in mold, E. coli, insect parts and pollutants – Huffington Post

U.S. states that have legalized marijuana now are looking at how to detect contaminants on the plant.

Case studies by USF Health neurologists link smoking “spice” with stroke in healthy young adults – University of South Florida

Synthetic pot often contains unknown chemicals.

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