Second generation GMO potato awaiting approval

A second generation genetically modified potato that has been engineered to resist the pathogen that led to the Irish potato famine, is now awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Known as the Russet Burbank, the potato has also been modified to be stored for longer and […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

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Pet food trends reflect a growing market – Veterinary News Researchers expect industry to hit $33 billion by 2018 thanks in part to treat and ‘premium’ pet food sales.

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Get in the know with the Monday Links

Only a few more days until we’re officially in summer! While we’re gearing up for a heat wave at headquarters in Lansing, Michigan, across the pond, we’re celebrating Food Safety Week 2014 in the United Kingdom (UK). We are also about to gather together for our International Sales Meeting later on this week. It’s safe […]

Kick off June with Monday Links

[ SPANISH ] Happy June, everyone! Today marks the first Monday links post of June, and there is a lot of news happening in the world. Don’t have time to scour the interwebs for all of the big news stories? No worries — we have you covered. (Plus: Stay tuned for a special announcement at […]

Scientists develop potatoes that ‘resist late blight’

Late blight is a plant disease that can devastate a potato crop, and was responsible for the Great Famine in Ireland in 1846 to 1852.

The disease is caused by the fungus-like organism Phytophthora infestans, a pathogen specialized to infect potato plants and, to a lesser extent, tomato plants. The pathogen is of particular concern […]

Report: How do swine flu viruses mutate?

It only takes a few mutations for a relatively harmless swine flu virus to change into something more dangerous, according to an NPR article highlighting a recent study.

The study, originally published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed how a Korean swine flu virus transformed into a deadly virus when given […]

New study points to what makes an allergen, an allergen

Differences in the structure of proteins from outside the body from the structure of proteins made within the body may be what makes those foreign proteins allergenic, according to a new study.

Allergic reactions occur when a foreign protein from an allergen, such as peanuts or pet dander, enters the body and triggers an immune […]

FDA, partners launch genome project for foodborne pathogens

A new online tool may help public health officials track the sources of foodborne illness outbreaks.

The 100K Genome Project, announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday, is a five-year project to create a database of gene sequences from 100,000 bacteria that have caused outbreaks around the world, according to a statement from […]