It’s that time again – here are your Monday links

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Food safety

Ractopamine talks leave U.S. and Russia in a stalemateThe Pig Site

The two countries have slated another round of talks over ractopamine for Wednesday.

For a statement from Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary agency, click here. For more on the ractopamine issue from Neogen’s blog, click here.

Playing it safe with produce –

Check out this great rundown on how to keep produce safe.

Rapid sharing of information to protect food safety and public health around the globe – World Health Organization

The International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) makes it easier for member states to communicate, including food safety issues such as a recent case of botulism in food products.

Six-year-old girl with deadly allergy lives a normal life thanks to her dog trained to sniff out trouble –   The Mail Online

A young girl with peanut allergies has a furry friend to help keep her out of harm’s way.

Mass shrimp deaths mean jumbo prices – Eatocracy

Thailand, China and Vietnam have all be hit hard by a devastating shrimp disease.

Food allergies a “hidden disability” in schools for increasing number of students –

With the number of those with food allergies increasing, schools are looking at different ways to keep kids safe.


Animal safety

Spread of PEDV in U.S. shows signs of slowingThe Pig Site

Although firm numbers aren’t available, anecdotally it appears the spread of porcine epidemic diarrheal virus (PEDV) is slowing.

For more on PEDV from Neogen blog, click here.

Bovine TB: Tough new rules to halt spread of disease – Gov. UK

The government of the United Kingdom (UK) is implementing new measures to reduce the spread of bovine tuberculosis, a fast-spreading infectious disease.

Red Cross for Rover: Inside America’s canine blood banks – NPR

Humans aren’t the only ones in need of blood when it comes to surgeries and emergencies.

Treating one microbe may unleash another – Fully Vetted

“Out with the old and in with the new” has a more frustrating meaning when it comes to treating animals for microbes.

U.S. judge: Quarter horse group must accept clones (update) –

Currently, no U.S. horse breed associations allow cloned animals.



Ukraine bans feed and grain import due to FMDAll About Feed

The ban affects certain areas of Russia where foot-and-mouth disease has been reported.

Fruit fly quarantine starts in California – The Packer

The quarantine affects 130 square miles and targets the oriental fruit fly, which can damage more than 230 fruit, vegetable and plant commodities.

U.S. farm economy flowing in reverse as drought impacts persist – Ag Professional

Still feeling the effects from last summer’s drought, barges have begun carrying corn from the south to the north – a reversal of their traditional path.

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