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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

Salmonella biofilms extremely resistant to disinfectants – Food Safety News

Once the bacterium forms a film, it can be very tough to eliminate.

Appropriations bill increases FDA funds, recommends FSMA training, re-proposed rules – The Acheson Group

The Acheson Group rounds up some of the latest news from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, from funding to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

More than calcium – The Scientist

Unlike many mammals, adult humans can digest milk thanks to a little thing called lactase persistence.

FDA revisiting food nutrition labels – Time

The labels haven’t been updated in two decades.


Animal safety

Canadian pork industry mobilizes to address first PED outbreak The Pig Site

The first Canadian farm to be hit with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is “locked down”.

How a dog has lived 11,000 years – in other dogsNational Geographic Phenomena: The Loom

The original dog itself may not still be alive, but its cancer cells still are in the form of canine transmissible venereal tumor (CTVT).

Turkey-inspired sensors could detect toxins – LiveScience

The color-changing abilities of turkey skin could lead to a new way to detect airborne toxins or pathogens.

H7N9: Bird flu cases surge ahead of Chinese New Year – BBC

More than 70 cases have been reported in January.



Farm Bill agreement expected this week, with final passage within days – The Washington Post

After two years, the Farm Bill may soon be approved.

North Dakota State Extension Engineer Kenneth Hellevang: Now is the time to check stored grain – GrainNet

Ensuring grain is stored properly throughout winter can help maintain quality.

Confirmations-misdiagnoses: Jury still out on soybean vein necrosis virus – MidWest Producer

Researchers still are trying to ascertain the full effect the virus can have on the plants.

California drought has ranchers selling cattle – My Desert.com

The extreme drought in California has many cattle producers selling off their herds.

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