Monday links

meat_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Genetically engineered animals could ease world hunger – Drovers Cattle Network
Genetically engineered food animals could provide a sustainable means to feed a fast-growing world population, yet regulatory hurdles keep such animals off the market, according to one award-winning scientist.

CSU researchers trace ‘superbug’ genes to better understand antibiotic-resistant germs – Bovine Veterinarian
Researchers are investigating the weighty topic of antibiotic resistance — an issue with ramifications for global food safety and public health — by tracking the genetic footprints of drug-resistant bacteria.

Food Safety

FSIS: Nearly 2.5 Million Pounds of Meat Recalled in 2014 – Food Safety News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published a summary of the meat recalls issued in 2014. There were 94 recalls in total, and nearly half of them were because of undeclared allergens. Only 16 were due to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), Listeria or Salmonella.

Researcher Discovers New Salmonella Serotype – Texas Tech University
A new serotype of Salmonellabacteria has been discovered and according to researchers illustrates there is more that needs to be discovered about Salmonella and how it interacts with cattle populations.


UC Davis study: Drought will cost state’s farmers $1.5B – The Fresno Bee
A new study estimates the drought will cost California’s agriculture industry $1.5 billion and untold wages for thousands of farm workers.

Milking automation is gaining popularity – All About Feed
In 2025 almost half of the dairy herds in northwest Europe will be milked by robots. On a global scale robot arms are making their entry into conventional milking parlors to confront rising labor costs and achieve ease of work.


India toxic alcohol kills 29 in Uttar Pradesh – BBC
At least 29 people have been killed after consuming toxic alcohol in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, police said, and with more than 100 others are being treated in hospitals, there are fears the death toll could rise.


Where Does Your Popcorn Come From? – Modern Farmer
The question is not as dumb as it sounds, and the answer is not movie theaters or your microwave. In fact, corn grown for popcorn is different from sweet corn (for eating) and field corn (for cornmeal and processing).

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