Hear the latest industry news with Monday links

We are gathering around the water cooler this morning to discuss the latest in animal and food safety. What are we chatting about? Check it out:


What legal rights does your cat or dog have? (National Geographic)

With both pet ownership and pet expenditures skyrocketing over recent decades, our companions are now beginning to work their way into legislation and courtrooms.

Firefighter learns animal first aid (The Telegram)

Texas fireman learns animal first aid through a British Columbia-based company, which teaches everything from performing CPR on an animal, to how to approach the animal in high-stress situations.



FDA issues final rule on record access requirements (FDA.gov)

The final ruling affirms interim Feb. 2012 ruling, expanding the FDA’s records access authority to include those that the agency believes may be related to specific suspect food articles.

Agricultural Act brings “historic wins” for organic industry (Food Safety News)

Law helps supports research and funding in over 18,000 certified organic farms and businesses in the US.



FDA green-light’s immunotherapy pill for grass allergens (PharmaTimes)

Those who are allergic to grass may be finding some relief in a new pill that treats grass pollen-induced allergic rhinitis, with or without conjunctivitis.



Scotland researchers using public to track juniper plants (BBC)

Saving the juniper, one walk at a time. Dwindling numbers of the plant have caused researchers to ask walkers for help by completing a survey every time they see a juniper.

Vegetarians less healthy, lower quality of life than meat-eaters (CBS Atlanta)

Despite lower BMI scores and less alcohol consumption than meat-eaters, a new study from Austria has found that vegetarianism has elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders.

Seven reasons vegetarians live longer (TIME)

On the other hand, this article from TIME gathers various studies on vegetarianism, citing that vegetarians are less likely to be overweight and have diabetes than meat-eaters.

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