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Food safety

Russia-U.S. in talks over trade resumptionThe Pig Site

The two nations are slated to participate in a conference call today in an effort to resolve the trade issue involving ractopamine in meat.

Pesticide found in meals that killed Indian children – New York Times

Officials believe the children became sick after eating a school meal tainted with pesticides.

DOH encourages awareness of potential bacteria in Gulf waters – Florida Department of Health

Florida’s Department of Health is warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to sea and estuarine water due to the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus, which can cause serious illness.

Codex Alimentarius: Protecting consumers’ health through safe and nutritious food – the first 50 years – World Health Organization

The Codex Alimentarius sets international food safety standards.

A bad alliance: Rare immune cells promote food-induced allergic inflammation in the esophagus – Science Daily

Researchers have found new information about the development of osinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a food allergy-related disease.

Animal safety

FDA changes policy on Salmonella in animal feedMeat & Poultry

The policy now requires regulatory action be taken when animal feed is contaminated with Salmonella serotypes that cause disease.

BVD statistics show eradication goal can be reachedThe Cattle Site

So far, 78 percent of Scotland’s cattle herds have tested negative for bovine viral diarrhea.

New study shows that dogs use color vision after all – Smithsonian

Rather than simply seeing the world in shades of gray, dogs have what people would call red-green colorblindness.

West Nile: First equine cases reported in 2013 – The Horse

Horses in Texas and Ohio have tested positive for West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

OIE: Anthrax outbreak reported in Serbia – The Cattle Site

Cattle in the affected area have been vaccinated for the disease.

More than a dozen EEE cases reported in Florida – The Horse

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) has a 75 to 80 percent fatality rate in horses.


Stone Age farmers showed sophisticated use of fertilizers – Discover

New research has shown not only did Stone Age farmers use manure as fertilizer, but they also derived more protein from plants than previously thought.

Vein necrosis virus showing up in Iowa soybeans – Ag Professional

The virus was first detected in Iowa last growing season.


Police concerned about bath salt drugs after incidentStevens Point Journal

Bath salts, a synthetic drug, are increasingly becoming a problem.

Indiana sees big drop in synthetic drug overdoses – RTV6 ABC

The 86 percent drop follows a 2011 law banning synthetic drugs.

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