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Food safety

House advances funding bill that bans horse slaughter, gives FDA a small boost – Food Safety News

The bill bumped up the budget for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and banned funding for horse slaughter inspection, which essentially bans horse slaughter.

Senate approves Farm Bill without major food safety amendments – Food Safety News

For now, catfish inspections stay.

Food safety gets trendy: Highlights from the annual trend report –

Campylobacter and Vibrio rose in 2012 but rates for other pathogens stayed about level.

Read more from Neogen blog here.

Soon, a bunch of expired French food will suddenly be OK to eat – Yahoo

The new plan would change the wording to “preferably to be consumed before” in an effort to knock down food waste.

Why you’ll be paying more for beef all this year – NPR’s The Salt

It all comes down to drought.

CFIA launches review of food labels –

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) currently is seeking feedback on changes to food labels.

More information available here.

Animal safety

China grants subsidies for poultry industry – The Poultry Site

The subsidies aim to help the industry recover from the H7N9 avian flu outbreak.

Not too early to vaccinate for anthrax – Drovers Cattle Network

North Dakota officials are urging cattle producers to vaccinate their herds for anthrax, as heavy rains in the state can push anthrax spores to the surface.

ACVIM 2013: Signs of colic vs. botulism – The Horse

Colic and botulism can often be confused.

For more on equine botulism, check out Neogen’s equine botulism blog here.

H7N3 outbreaks in Mexico ongoing – World Poultry

So far, more than 5 million birds have been vaccinated.

OCD dogs, people have similar brains. Is your dog OCD? – National Geographic

Humans and dogs with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have similar brain traits.

Feed’s effect on horses’ dehydration response – The Horse

The study found that providing food but no water may actually increase dehydration in horses.


Special report: A mycotoxin perspective on the 2013 growing season – YouTube

Neogen experts discuss the 2013 growing season and mycotoxins.

The Senate is voting on a $955 billion farm bill. Here’s what’s in it – The Washington Post

The Post breaks down what’s in the Farm Bill passed by the Senate last week.

As drought turns to flood, farmers get “weather whiplash” – NPR’s The Salt

The yo-yoing weather makes it tough.

Fusarium-related decay on potatoes in Michigan – Michigan State University Extension

Several severe cases of dry rot have been reported in Michigan, causing some fields to be replanted.

Old McDonald might be a lady: More women take up farming – NPR’s The Salt

The number of U.S. farms operated by women almost tripled from 1978 to 2007.


HB 813 passes N.C. general assembly to ban synthetic marijuana – The Macon County News

The law goes into effect July 1.

NY State Senate passes bill to ban synthetic marijuana and bath salts – Long Island Exchange

The bill makes possessing these substances a crime. An earlier bill in 2011 had banned the sale of bath salts.

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