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Food safety

FDA requests comments on draft methodological approach for designating high-risk foods under section 204 of FSMAU.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA is seeking comments on a draft proposal to identify high-risk foods that are subject to additional recordkeeping requirements under FSMA.

Foodborne toxin could trigger MS, studies suggestNBC News

A toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens, a foodborne pathogen, could be linked to multiple sclerosis.

Sushi chefs aren’t feeling California’s new glove lawNPR’s The Salt

The new law requires food workers to wear gloves if touching uncooked food.

New treatment shows promise for kids with peanut allergies – NBC News

The new method could help reduce the chance of a life-threatening allergic reaction should a child with peanut allergy accidently ingest small amounts of peanut. The study was performed under close supervision and should not be tried at home, doctors urge.

Marijuana-laced treats leave Colorado jonesing for food safety rulesNPR’s The Salt

Colorado is working to implement food safety regulations for THC-infused foods – a difficult task as marijuana still is federally illegal and much of the food safety regulatory framework is run through the federal government.

FSA launches raw milk consultationFood Standards Agency (FSA)

The United Kingdom’s FSA is seeking comments on its plan to allow farmers to sell raw milk.

“Gluten sensitivity” may be a misnomer for a distinct illness to various wheat proteins – Scientific American

Scientists are looking beyond gluten when it comes to illnesses linked to wheat consumption.


Animal safety

Mid-Atlantic states move forward with racehorse drug reform – The Horse

Horse racing industry officials met to discuss the implementation of uniform medication standards.

Russian ban could hit pig prices – The Pig Site

Russian officials have halted European Union (EU) exports of pork to Russian amid concerns about African swine fever and a new regionalization system.

Cattle inventory report shows contraction in 2013 – Drovers Cattle Network

The U.S. cattle inventory was down 2 percent, from 89.3 million on Jan. 1, 2013 to 87.7 million on Jan. 1, 2014. However, some states showed increases in beef replacement heifers at more than the national average, including Oklahoma at 16 percent.

Canada permits emergency access to PEDV vaccine Meat & Poultry

The move comes after the country’s first reported cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) were reported in late January. Meanwhile, analysts are unsure of how the virus will affect global markets.



Variable grain quality in storage may mean problems in the springGrainNet

Variability in stored grains can cause issues when weather warms up in the spring.

Finally, a Farm BillFood Safety News

Here’s a good rundown of what’s in the bipartisan piece of legislation.



Ailments related to synthetic marijuana likely to rise, experts say – Los Angeles Times

Health officials have noticed an increase in dangerous side effects, such as ischemic stroke, related to synthetic marijuana.

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