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Food safety

The FDA has effectively banned some fancy cheeses like Roquefort – The Week

New FDA restrictions on the levels of harmless bacteria found in imported cheese have effectively banned a number of artisan French cheeses, including Roquefort, Morbier, and Tomme de Savoie.

‘Gutter Oil’ Scandal Raises Food-Safety Fears Once Again in Greater China – Time

A Taiwanese food-safety scare has spread to Hong Kong with the revelation that the city’s biggest bakery chain, as well as branches of 7-Eleven and Starbucks, may have been selling pastries made with so-called gutter oil.

Color-changing labels signal when food goes bad – PSFK

A Scotland-based company has developed a “smart” package that changes color over time to indicate how long a package of food has been open.

Animal safety

Major cities harbor rodent populations equivalent to one rat per person  – Codewit World

The “one rat per person” claim stems from a study of rats conducted in England by W.R. Boelter and published in 1909 under the title The Rat Problem.

Farmer sets up zip wire for pigs – Orange News

A Chinese farmer set up a zip wire for his pigs to stop them doing a runner when he takes them to market.


FBI Reveals How It Traced Silk Road Servers – Sky News

The secret of how the FBI pinpointed the servers allegedly used by the notorious Silk Road black market website has apparently been revealed.

Ten percent of Americans admit illegal drug use – CBS News

Nearly 10% of Americans aged 12 and older were illicit drug users in 2013, and almost 20 million said they used marijuana, making it the most widely used drug, U.S. health officials reported.

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