Top 6 things to know for food and animal safety

In our first full week of May, plenty is happening in the food and animal safety worlds — we wanted to bring all of the news to you in one place. What is being discussed around Neogen this morning? What news stories have caught our interest? Read on to find out:

FOOD INDUSTRY

No longer a “right to farm” in Michigan (Inquisitr)

New rulings from the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development have caused many Michigan residences to lose their “right to farm.” This affects small, backyard (and sometimes urban) farming, which had previously been protected by Michigan’s Right to Farm Act.

Healthier, more costly, lunches roll into schools (Associated Press)

Efforts from first lady Michelle Obama have helped to introduce standards to schools across the U.S., implementing healthy, albeit costly, changes to lunch-time offerings. Some of the changes being made include switching over to whole-grains and reducing sodium, which school officials say children are rejecting.

How to implement the FSMA: A discussion (Food Safety News)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released what is being called a “strategy document” last week, outlining principles for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Officials hope that the document will produce a “springboard for discussion” with the food safety community.

ANIMAL INDUSTRY

Ear-ly warning systems (The Horse)

Your horse’s ears are a vital part of his lifestyle — using them to detect possible danger, communicate and respond to vocal cues. This article discusses everything you might ever want to know about your horse’s ears, including ear care and potential problems, such as hearing loss.

 “Ag gag” laws battle over information (The Guardian)

While animal welfare activists are campaigning for transparency in the farming and animal industry, farmers and political advocates of pushed back, implementing “ag gag” laws. The debate between the two parties leaves consumers asking many questions.

Recreational drug testing on animals to be banned in New Zealand (TVNZ ONE News)

Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that the government will pass “urgent legislation” tomorrow over legal high drugs in New Zealand. The 36 products that are currently on New Zealand shelves will be removed following advice from the Ministry of Health that the products would have to be tested on multiple species of animals.

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