Consumer trends: 61% of Americans pay attention to food labels

Food labels are more than just marketing words on a package — they reveal important health information for consumers and allow them to make more informed buying decisions as they stroll down the grocery aisles.

Michigan State University recently released the results of its Food Literacy and Engagement Poll, a survey of over 2,000 Americans […]

DNA data shows man’s best friend probably came from Asia

The question of where dogs came from may finally be answered as a new study involving the DNA of more than 4,500 dogs of 161 breeds including 549 village dogs from 38 countries has allowed researchers to trace their origins back to Central Asia.

While previous studies have suggested dogs’ origins can be traced to […]

Scientists discover new DNA base

It was long believed that DNA, the genetic material of all living things, was made up of four basic units or “letters,” know as A, C, G and T (adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine). These units pair up, A with T and C with G, to form long, readable sequences responsible for making us who […]

Monday links

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Animal Science

Study: Feed Young Horses According to Birth Date – The Horse Tradition in many breeds holds that all horses have the same birthday: January 1. But when it comes to feeding […]

Y chromosome linked to cow infertility

In the cattle industry calf production in female cows is one of the most important traits producers are looking for in terms of economic stability in their herds. If a cow cannot produce an offspring, farmers can see a significant reduction in annual revenue as costs associated with feed and labor continue to add up […]

Confirmed: NYC rats carry nasty pathogens

Referred to as a “recipe for a public health nightmare,” researchers from Columbia University recently discovered that some rats studied in New York City contain a variety of viruses and other pathogens— including those that cause foodborne illness in humans, others never seen before in New York, and some that are new toscience altogether.

According […]

FDA studies fishy species claims

They say “watch what you eat,” a piece of advice the government is looking at closer than before. It turns out, what you think you are eating might not be what you are actually eating.

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are taking the issue of species substitution into their own hands, implementing […]

FSA reports second wave of species identification test results

Additional results have come in under a United Kingdom-wide testing program for horse meat in beef products.

So far, more than 99 percent (or 3,599 samples) of samples tested contained no horse DNA “at or above the level of 1 percent.” Less than 1 percent (35 results) of samples tested contained horse DNA at or […]

FSA, industry to implement additional species identification testing program

Food businesses that sell beef products must now test their goods to ensure they don’t contain horse or swine DNA as part of a new program, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced.

The decision comes on the heels of the discovery of horse and swine DNA in beef products in the U.K. […]

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Food safety

Poultry vaccinations credited for U.K.’s big drop in Salmonella – Food Safety News

Just how big of a drop? Lab-confirmed cases fell from roughly 18,000 in 1993 to just […]