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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

Peanut allergies more common in kids from wealthy familiesHuffington Post Food

One explanation could be the hygiene hypothesis, which states growing up and living in clean environments makes a person’s immune system more sensitive.

U.S. declares fisheries disaster for Sandy damage – Seafood Source

The designation will allow federal funds to be used to rebuild devastated communities and fisheries along the coast.

Another man dies of methanol poisoning – Prague Daily Monitor

Despite a crackdown on counterfeit alcohol and arrests, people continue to die from methanol-contaminated spirits.

To read previous blog posts on the methanol poisoning outbreak, click here.

Animal safety

The basics of antifreeze poisoning in pets – Fully Vetted

As people prepare for winter, it’s important to ensure pets stay away from antifreeze, which can be lethal.

For tips on how to recognize and treat antifreeze poisoning from Fully Vetted, click here.

Sandy takes its toll – JAVMA News

It’s a long road to recovery after Hurricane Sandy.

FEI adopts dressage “blood rule” at General Assembly The new rule states any horses with fresh blood on them will immediately be eliminated from the competition.

Avian flu H7 outbreak in Australia – The Poultry Site

Approximately 5,000 cases have been confirmed but 50,000 birds could be exposed.

Pig genome project may pave the way for better bacon – NPR’s The Salt

Although better bacon sounds fantastic, it also may help make pigs more resistant to devastating diseases.


Rothamsted scientists study the 170-year-old potatoes – BBC

The potatoes shed light on the Irish Potato Famine, which led to the deaths of more than 1 million people. The blight was caused by Phytophotora infestans, which can survive between seasons.

For information on Neogen’s test for P. infestans, click here.

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