The first Monday links of August

Beef_FilletMignon_BigStock19454645_blogDon’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

Neogen introduces NeoSEEK™ meat species identification serviceNeogen

The new service offers tests for raw or cooked meat samples.

Preventive controls: Daunting for some, standard procedure for seafoodFood Safety News

As the food industry gears up for new preventive controls from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), some in the seafood industry say the feelings are reminiscent of when similar controls were implemented for seafood.

Mechanically-tenderized beef comment period extendedU.S. Department of Agriculture

The comment period has been extended to Oct. 8. The rule would require mechanically-tenderized beef products to be labeled as such.


Animal safety

Hose water can get hot enough to burnFully Vetted

Water inside garden hoses lying in the sun can heat up enough to cause serious burns to pets.

Legislation to eliminate soring introduced in Senate – The Horse

The bill would prohibit horses from being shown that have an action device, weighted shoe, pad or hoof band (or other device) that alters the horse’s gait for nontherapeutic reasons.

USDA says China stopping imports of Arkansas fowl – Poultry Times

The ban came after a chicken was discovered to have H7N7 low-pathogenic avian influenza last month.



U.S. wins trade enforcement case for American farmers The Poultry Site

The World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the U.S. in a case against China in regard to U.S. chicken broiler products.

Austrian drought triggers emergency support – The Cattle Site

The heat wave and drought has put Austrian crops in harm’s way.

Chinese thirst for dairy imports brings hope for EU farmers – The Malay Mail Online

Many Chinese companies looking to import dairy products are looking toward the European Union.

2012 U.S. farm expenditures up 10 percent from previous year – Ag Professional

The largest expenditure increases were due to feed, farm services, livestock and labor.



Uruguay gives initial OK to state-controlled marijuana industry – NPR

Backers hope the move will better allow the government to combat drug trafficking.


Plant diagnostics

Genome duplication aids plant’s survival in saline soils –

The discovery could help lead to new ways for crops to survive in substandard soil.

U.K.: Creating a pest encyclopedia – All About Feed

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board is working on a new publication that focuses on pest management in crops.

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