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Food safety

FSIS laboratory to perform alternative testing on select Salmonella serotypesFSIS

Beginning July 9, the Food Safety and Inspection Service will use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s method for identifying Salmonella.

GAO targets catfish program – The Washington Times

Calls are increasing to scrap a catfish inspection program.

Funds sought for E. coli fix – Water World

A town in Australia is looking to knock out E. coli in its water supply.


Animal safety

Phila. city council ready to clarify 12-pet limit lawPhilly.com

Philadelphia looks to clean up language in its 12-pet limit law.

More Hendra cases likely, AVA warnsThe Horse.com

So far, four horses have been confirmed to have Hendra virus in Australia during the last two weeks.

Yellow flowers in horse pastures: Safe or dangerous? – The Horse.com

Flowers may be pretty, but that doesn’t mean they should be eaten.

EPA flyovers raise questions, concerns – Beef Magazine

Nebraska cattlemen are concerned about Environmental Protection Agency flyovers infringing on their privacy. But the EPA says the flyovers help ensure environment regulations are being followed.

Belmont Stakes 2012: Union Rags’ finish saves race from being a disappointment — Bleacher Report

Union Rags pulled out a win this weekend in Belmont, after Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another withdrew due to an injury.


USDA closing 23 FSA office across 5 states – Farm World

The offices are being closed to help cut costs.

More than 80 Farm Bill amendments submitted – Obama Foodorama

Amendments run the gamut, from requiring a study on sugary drinks to increasing penalties for those who knowingly misbrand or adulterate food to defining navigable waters.


Life sciences

Parasitic flower pirates genes from its host – Scientific American

Hey, Rafflesia cantleyi,do those genes belong to you?

Helical bacteria: The benefits of being twistedScientific American

Unraveling why Campylobacter jejuni is so twisted.

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