Tuesday 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

Cat got your tongue? New research says ‘no’ – Science Daily
The study represents the first glimpse into how domestic cats perceive bitterness in food at a molecular level, and could explain why cats are sometimes such picky eaters.

VFD Rule Finalized: Insights on changes in feed-grade antibiotic use – Drover’s Cattle Network
Livestock producers and veterinarians recently gained a bit more insight into the changes they’ll be facing in the way antibiotics are used in food animals.

Food Safety

How Salmonella Organizes its Invasion – Technology Networks
A new study from the Institute of Food Research has uncovered a mechanism by which Salmonella bacteria organize the expression of genes required for infection.

E.coli Testing Market Expected to Reach $2.1 Billion by 2022 – Food Safety News
The global market for E. coli testing is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2022, up from $1.2 billion in 2013, according to a new report from market research company Transparency Market Research.

Agriculture

Plan Ahead to Avoid Weather Marketing Woes – Agriculture.com
This is a year the market is assuming large yield guestimates and colossal acre numbers combined with an ample supply on hand from last year. Based on what the market is saying, it’s time to congratulate you on another record crop. Oh wait, you say you haven’t harvested anything yet? Some of you aren’t even done planting yet?

Mycotoxins – The hidden profit robber – Pork Network
Feed quality is an important component of managing pig health on the farm. However, the presence of mycotoxins in feedstuffs can threaten feed quality and safety.

Toxicology

Kids and Tobacco Use: Some Surprising Findings – FDA
The number of kids smoking cigarettes is down—but the number using other tobacco products is way up. That’s the word from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), co-conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Offbeat

Curious Case of Muscle, Nerve Damage from Skinny Jeans – Live Science
A woman in Australia who spent long hours squatting while wearing skinny jeans experienced muscle damage in her legs that was so severe it impaired her ability to walk, according to the new report of her case.

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