Happiness is …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

Microbiological control in the food plant environment and the role of rapid testingNeogen webinar

Join food safety experts Dr. Jeff Kornacki of Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc. and Dr. Mark Mozola, Neogen’s vice president of research and development as they discuss the importance of rapid testing in today’s food facilities. The webinar begins at 2 p.m. EST, Nov. 29.

The secret lives of kitchen spicesThe Atlantic

Cinnamon, spice and a little bit of mystery – do you know the history of your spice cabinet?

Vibrio in oysters sickened eight in MA this year – Food Safety News

It was the first time Vibrio had been associated with Massachusetts oysters.

Sugar and spice and everything not so nice – American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Approximately two to three percent of people in the world suffer from a spice allergy.

Animal safety

Could endophyte-infected fescue cause lameness in horsesTheHorse.com

Although endophyte fungi helps keep insects away, it could be associated with equine lameness.

Obesity in ponies and horses linked to misbehavior – HorseChannel.com

Incidences of bad behavior were higher in obese horses, according to new research.

Hereditary deafness in dogs and cats – Fully Vetted

Selective breeding for color has increased the prevalence of deafness in dogs and cats.

British African horse sickness regulations take effect Nov. 21 – TheHorse.com

The disease has a 75 to 90 percent mortality rate.

Fair flu viruses closely matched – The Scientist

The strain of swine flu that sickened more than 100 people in Ohio earlier this year matched the strain found in pigs at agricultural fairs. For past posts on this story, click here.

Hero dog Kabang’s tumor shrinks after third chemotherapy session in U.S. – GMA Network

That dog, which lost her snout saving two girls from being run over, is undergoing chemotherapy to treat a tumor prior to having reconstructive surgery. Read more about Kabang here.


Sky-high vegetables: Vertical farming sprouts in Singapore – NPR’s The Salt

Will veggie skyscrapers replace rooftop gardens?

Superstorm Sandy has negligible impact on Midwest ag shipments – Farm World

Despite wreaking destruction along the East Coast, the storm had little effect on agriculture transport.

Life sciences

A guide to the epigenome – The Scientist

That’s a lot of genes.

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