Here are your Thanksgiving week Monday links

turkey dinner_blogDon’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

To wash or not to wash…your turkey? – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Washing turkeys can spread bacteria throughout the kitchen, and may cause more harm than good.

FDA announces final guidance for primary seafood processors who purchase reef fish and identifies lionfish as a potential risk for cigutera fish poisoning – FDA

Cigutera fish poisoning is caused by eating fish that have consumed algae or other fish containing ciguatoxin.

Government of Canada announces plans to strengthen food safety enforcement – Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The Canadian government has implemented new penalties for companies that withhold information or records regarding food safety or for companies that consistently are noncompliant.

Why slather this spinach field in poop? It’s all for science – NPR’s The Salt

Researchers are testing how long E. coli from raw manure survives in fields and how much is transferred to plants later.

Canadian ag minister talks to U.S. counterpart about COOL end – All About Feed

Canada continues to pressure the U.S. to back off of its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law.

Ever evolving E. coli – The Scientist

You can learn a lot from 58,000 generations of E. coli.

USDA suspends catfish and trout reports – Seafood Source

The suspension is due to budget cuts.

Cheese demand OK, butter demand very good – Dairy Business

The holidays have upped the demand for butter.

Animal safety

Botulism: Your unanswered questions – The Horse

Missed The’s Ask the Vet Live event on equine botulism last week? No problem – the full audio is up on its website!

Grain-free pet food growing in popularity – Veterinary Practice News

Sales of grain-free pet foods have soared 28 percent from last year and have hit $1.4 billion.

Probiotics may protect piglets from E. coli infection – Science News

Probiotics help cut back on the number of infectious bacteria in piglets, according to new research.

Dogs’ origins lie in Europe – Science News

The relationship between dogs and humans may have begun more than 18,000 years ago in Europe, according to new research.


California drought worst since 2007 Ag Professional

Although the drought is letting up in some areas of the U.S., 96 percent of California still is experiencing moderate to worse drought conditions.

Montana ranchers donate cattle to South Dakota – Ag Web

The 45 head of donated cattle will help rebuild herds decimated by an Oct. 4 blizzard.


Researchers suspect link between synthetic marijuana and strokeRed Orbit

Researchers note that with synthetic cannabis, people don’t always know for certain what they’re getting.


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