The first Monday links of November



Don’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

Prevalence of Salmonella on chicken declines: FSIS – Meat & Poultry

Salmonella prevalence on raw chicken dropped 34 percent from the first to second quarters of 2013.

CDC sets food allergy guidelines for schools – USA Today

The voluntary guidelines aim to make schools safer for kids with food allergies.

Animal safety

APHIS finalizes bovine import regulations in line with international animal health standards – U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

The new rule aims to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease) from entering the U.S. while still maintaining trade of cattle and cattle products.

PRRS outbreak affects pigs in Chile – The Pig Site

As its name implies, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) causes reproductive and  respiratory issues in swine and is considered to be one of the most significant swine diseases.

Congressmen call for repeal of COOL law – National Provisioner

The lawmakers are concerned about retaliatory sanctions from Canada and Mexico.

For more on the U.S. country-of-origin-labeling law (COOL), click here.


Check corn for mycotoxins – Drover’s Cattle Network

Mycotoxins can cause a range of health effects in livestock, from feed refusal to reproductive issues.

Heat, drought draw farmers back to sorghum, the “camel of crops” – NPR’s The Salt

With drought concerns running high, some farmers are turning to sorghum, which needs less water than other crops.

USDA’s monthly milk production report is back – Dairy Business

Output is up 1 percent from last year at the same time, with 15.8 billion pounds of milk as the total.

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