The first official Monday links of summer

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

FDA enlists NC State to chart transmission routes for Salmonella – Food Safety News

The team will look at routes of transmission for Salmonella, in particular Salmonella Enteritidis, in shell eggs.  For the Federal Register notice, click here.

Farm free or die! Maine towns rebel against food rules – NPR’s The Salt

So far, 10 towns in Maine have passed “food sovereignty” laws.

Low-income children face higher risk of foodborne illness, study says – Food Safety News

Part of the reason lies with less access to good nutrition and health care, the study reports.

FDA won’t set specific FSMA deadlines despite court order – Food Safety News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Food Safety have yet to agree on deadlines for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Animal safety

Ban on raw pork imports during court case – Yahoo

The New Zealand Supreme Court has banned all raw pork imports into the country during a court case that will decide whether to allow imports from countries with herds experiencing Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).

Study shows mutts genetically healthier – Veterinary Practice News

Purebred dogs have a higher likelihood of certain genetic disorders than do mixed-breed dogs.

Which nation will be the next “King of Beef”? – The Week

Brazil, India and Uruguay are looking to take the title from Argentina.

Iowa’s “fluffy cows” go viral – USA Today

Cattle need spa days too.


Agriculture’s impact on Kentucky is worth billions – The Horse

How much? Oh, just around $46.3 billion (and about 263,000 jobs, just for good measure).

How circadian rhythms give vegetables a healthy boost – NPR’s The Salt

Changing up light-dark cycles plants are exposed to may help increase some of the good compounds in plants.

House farm bill fails to pass – The Packer

The vote was 195 for to 234 against.

Zoning changes could produce new farms in Boston – The Boston Globe

The changes aim to make it easier to have urban farms in Boston.


Bath salts, zombies and crossbows: An update – Pacific Standard

As bath salts continue to grow in popularity, medical professionals are trying to keep up with how to treat patients who use these ever-changing designer drugs.

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