It’s no April Fool’s joke – here are your Monday links

hamburger processing_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

OIG: Beef headed for burgers, tenderized steaks not being adequately tested – Food Safety News

A major re-evaluation of E. coli testing needs to take place, according to an Office of the Inspector General audit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) testing program for boxed beef.

FDA granted one-time FSMA funds in final budget – Food Product Design

In a budget signed March 26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given $40 million to spend on “one-time activities” implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping food safety overhaul since the early 1920s.

Animal safety

Chinese health experts investigate two bird flu deathsUSA Today

Two men are dead and one woman is seriously ill after being infected with a less common strain of bird flu.

Managing the silent diseaseProgressive Cattleman

Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVD) can cause serious problems in a herd.

Montana bill would regulate BLM mustang

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would have to seek a permit to move wild horses and burros in Montana if the bill passes.

National biosecurity standard for Canadian goat farms – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

This voluntary tool aims to increase effective biosecurity practices.

Horse owners advised to set vaccination schedule – Farm World

Vaccination can help prevent equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), which can cause serious illness in horses.

The dread FIV infection in cats – Fully Vetted

Humans cannot catch feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and it can be treated.

Livestock-to-human MRSA transmission confirmed – Food Safety News

Researchers found similar strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in two people that they also found in their animals.


Planting may have to wait– but spring is normal, unlike last yearFarm World

The forecast predicts around normal temperatures and possibly even above average precipitation.

Report confirms ag sector’s continued growth, economic value –

Agribusiness is booming in Canada.

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