Monday links: ANSR, paralytic shellfish poisoning and cattle genetics

Don’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.


Neogen launches ANSRTM for Listeria – Neogen

ANSR for Listeria is the newest test for our revolutionary molecular pathogen platform. The new test can definitively detect Listeria spp. after only 20 minutes post-enrichment.


Food safety

What’s ahead for global food security – USDA Blog

Although the number of food-insecure people in the world declined slightly this year, it is expected to rise in the next decade.

Canada tests tea and soft drinks for safety – Food Safety News

Two studies analyzed dried tea samples for mercury, pesticide residues and other unsavory things.

Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poison biotoxin found in many areas – Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health has closed the recreational shellfish harvest in many areas of Puget Sound after some shellfish were found to have high levels of paralytic shellfish poison.

Four Arizona inmates hospitalized; botulism from homemade alcohol suspected – The Arizona Republic

Prison officials suspect homemade alcohol led to the illness.

Food allergy label changes come into effect – CBC News

New food allergen labeling rules went into effect Saturday in Canada.

U.S. to resume beef imports from Japan after two-year ban – Drovers Cattle Network

The ban was implemented in 2010 after some cows in Japan were found to have foot-and-mouth disease.


Animal safety

USDA says mad cow disease in California was isolated case – USA Today

The confirmed case of mad cow disease in California this year was an isolated case, according to a final report from the USDA.

Kentucky confirms first WNV case of 2012

Sadly, the horse with this year’s first case of West Nile Virus had to be euthanized.

Rhode Island to tax pet care services – Veterinary Practice News

Beginning in October, services such as pet  grooming, training and boarding will be subject to a 7 percent sales tax.

Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in Colorado –

The virus has shown a northern-moving trend in the past two years.

CDC reports additional H3Hnv cases –

Ten of the cases were associated with a fair where people came into contact with sick pigs.



Drought intensifies over Nebraska, Kansas – MidWest Producer

Although there was some relief for a couple states, the drought has worsened for Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Rains provide some relief to drought-stressed crops – Reuters

Rains over areas of the Midwest helped out crops.



Ministry looking to export genetic material from cattle Jamaica Information Service

Officials hope to increase revenue for the country by exporting the genetic material of some of its major cattle breeds.

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