Welcome back to work with the Monday links

AppleBowl2-KSG_blogRecovering from the holidays 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

2013 was a big year for FDAFood Safety News

From Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules to a slew of reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a busy year.

Pacific Northwest suffers after China bans shellfish imports – NPR’s The Salt

The ban comes after China found one sample that was positive for the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning and another that had arsenic.

Chinese expected to remove ban on certain U.S. apples – The Packer

The ban was implemented in 2012 following concerns about diseases.

Wisconsin uses cheese brine to keep roads clear of iceDiscover

Apparently provolone and mozzarella are the best.

 

Animal safety

PED-positive submissions: Half of new positive results in IowaThe Pig Site

Out of 20 states in the U.S. reporting cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), Iowa currently has the most reported cases.

Veterinarians making progress on national equine health plan – The Horse

The plan aims to help prevent epidemics and to control them should they occur.

 

Agriculture

Time is running out to save Florida’s oranges – NPR’s The Salt

Citrus greening is having a devastating impact on the state’s citrus trees.

Improved weather in Argentina weighed on corn and soy markets – Ag Professional

Rainfall in Argentina had an effect on markets.

 

Genomics

Top genomes of 2013 – Science News

From comb jellies to coelacanths, it was a big year for genomic sequencing.

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