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Food safety

Oceana study: “Fish fraud” ripping off American consumers – Food Safety News

Following up on its earlier fish fraud study, a new Oceana report found consumers can lose a significant amount of money due to the substitution of cheaper fish species for pricier ones.

United front to intervene in litigation against COOL – The Pig Site

Four groups filed documents in support of the U.S.’s country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law, which currently is the subject of a lawsuit to stop it.

For more on COOL, read past stories here.

Scientists determine crystal structure of Chinese milk contaminant – Food Safety Magazine

The discovery could clear the way for simplifying the detection of melamine, which sickened about 300,000 babies in China in 2008 when it was found in milk.

Food allergies in children are on the rise – experts don’t know why – The Sacramento Bee

The number of those affected by food allergies continues to increase, as does awareness of the issue.

Understanding food allergy – NIAID

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) take viewers inside of an allergic reaction.


Animal safety

Botulism in horses: An update The Horse

Experts have seen a rise in equine botulism cases in recent years.

For more, check our Equine Botulism Blog.

Study finds evidence of first human-to-human transmission of H7N9 bird flu – CNN

Researchers believe a woman in eastern China caught the H7N9 avian flu from her father as she had no known contact with poultry.

Preliminary analysis of PED epidemiological survey – The Pig Site

The study’s results point to certain feed practices as potential porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) risk factors.

State health department confirms H3N2v influenza case in Boone County – WIFR

The case involved a child who had exposure to swine at a fair.

Can dogs feel our emotions? Yawn study suggests yes – National Geographic

Yawns are contagious between humans and their dogs.



U.S.: Lower feed prices may aid beef herd recovery – All About Feed

With better crop conditions in many parts of the U.S., the U.S. beef herd may be on its way to expanding again.

Is the drought over yet? Not in the West – Ag Professional

For states such as Kansas, 25 percent of which is experiencing exceptional drought, the drought still is a brutal reality.


Plant diagnostics

The cotton candy grape: A sweet spin on designer fruit – NPR’s The Salt

A horticulturalist is trying to bring back natural grape flavors using plant breeding.

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