Another week, another Monday links

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

NFU to USDA: Reject COOL rule extension request – The Pig Site

A group of organizations that support the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law is pushing back against […]

Tailgate food safety – something both teams can agree on

The heat of summer is dwindling, the leaves are turning and in stadiums across the U.S., footballs are flying.

It’s football season and with that comes the beloved tradition known as tailgating, a time to gather, eat good food and take part in some good ol’ fashioned rivalry.

To keep your tailgate a touchdown, check […]

Monitoring for mycotoxin-producing molds vital

With the harvest underway, it’s important to keep a watchful eye out for mycotoxin-producing molds.

These species include Aspergillus flavus, which causes Aspergillus ear rot and produces the carcinogenic toxin aflatoxin, as well as species of Fusarium molds. These toxins can lead to production losses as grain may be rejected, as well as leading to […]

Mid-week news bump

State ag directors want Congress to give FDA more time on FSMA rules – Food Safety News

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) wants Congress to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more time to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

90 percent of Americans throw out food prematurely […]

Neogen reports 18% revenue increase

Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced today that its revenue for the first quarter of FY 2014, which ended Aug. 31, was $58,548,000, an 18% increase compared to revenue of $49,729,000 in the first quarter of last year.

First quarter net income increased 17% to $7,839,000, or $0.32 per share, from the previous year’s first quarter […]

Time for the Monday links

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

The surprisingly high cost of childhood allergies – The Week

Food allergies can be expensive, and not only for the person who has them.

Emerging pathogens: Vibrio cases […]

Robotic sensor used to search for harmful algae, pathogens

There are some pretty cool things beneath the waters of Puget Sound – fish, shellfish, robots.

Yes, robots, and they’re doing an important job. This summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) deployed a robotic sensor called the environmental sample processor (ESP) to detect the presence of algal blooms […]

EU takes action on “legal highs”

Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids are on the rise in Europe. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In response to increasing reports of new psychoactive drugs entering the market, the European Union this week moved to revamp its system to respond more quickly.

On Tuesday, the European Commission (EC) proposed new procedures […]

Senator introduces Safe Meat and Poultry Act

A new bill aims to create mandatory pathogen reduction standards and improve consumer notification of recalls.

The bill, called the Safe Meat and Poultry Act, was introduced in last Friday by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York. Gillibrand is the chair of the Agriculture Committee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security.


Tox Tuesday: Molly

Ecstasy pills, like the ones shown above, also contain MDMA.Courtesy of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Despite its innocent sounding name, the party drug molly has gained notoriety in recent weeks in connection with several deaths.

Molly, the powder or crystal form of MDMA (the chemical in ecstasy), often is used at music festivals, […]