What you need to know this week

After a long holiday weekend in the United States celebrating the Fourth of July, we’ve come back on a Monday and there is plenty to talk about in the food and animal safety industries. Don’t have time to scour the internet for the best news stories? Don’t worry: we have you covered.

FOOD INDUSTRY

Consumers look for keywords in product labels (Food Navigator)

When shopping, it’s all about the appearance to customers. A recent study shows that U.S. consumers look for packaging with wording such as “locally grown” and “natural” on labels.

 

ANIMAL INDUSTRY

Airline reporting requirements for animals changes (Reuters)

New regulations from the U.S. Transportation Department give new reporting requirements to airlines. The regulations include: reporting any animals that were lost, injured or died during transport. The regulations go into effect in January 2015.

Why is the heat so dangerous for your pets? (Delaware Online)

Including tips on how to keep your animals safe, this article addresses temperatures in vehicles and a new app for finding missing pets.

 

AGRICULTURE

Michigan farmers finding cause for inspiration (Lansing State Journal)

Despite the frigid winter and a wet spring, some farmers are optimistic for the growing season.

New app created just for farmers (USDA)

The U.S.  Department of Agriculture has created a new app—filled with information, education opportunities and tips—for new or beginning farmers.

 

OTHER ITEMS WE FOUND INTERESTING

Michigan residents: Beware! First case of West Nile virus found in Michigan (WLNS Newsroom)

The virus is back again in 2014 after killing two people and causing 34 illnesses across the state last year.

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