The Monday links: Tax Day edition

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

Obama administration seeks FDA funding increase for FSMA implementation – Food Safety News

The White House’s budget includes a 20 percent increase for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help put regulations stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into practice.

Majority of Mexican beef exports avoid Russian ractopamine ban – The National Provisioner

Although only five of 25 Mexican processing plants will be allowed to export to Russia, those plants produce about 80 percent of the country’s exports to Russia.

For more on ractopamine, click here.

Hot water spray helps cut Salmonella on chicken carcasses – The Poultry Site

A hot shower could help reduce Salmonella on chicken.

Animal safety

Botulism and horses –

Join Neogen’s Dr. Jim Little and University of Pennsylvania assistant professor Dr. Amy Johnson at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 25th for an Ask the Vet live chat on equine botulism, hosted by

China: Reports of bird flu in humans reach 60 – CNN

So far, 13 people have died from the H7N9 strain. For an analysis of the situation, check out this article from The Poultry Site.

Montana to better enforce equine passport requirements –

In light of recent outbreaks of diseases such as equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), Montana is cracking down on equine travel passports.

Soring opponents get another chance to enact nationwide ban – Veterinary Practice News

The bill aims to end soring, a practice that injures a horse’s feet to create a high step gait.

Chicken not the issue in M-COOL controversy, says NCC – The Poultry Site

A poultry industry group is urging USDA to exempt chicken from the tumultuous country-of-origin labeling (COOL) labeling requirements, as less than 0.3 percent of chicken in the U.S. is foreign-sourced.

For more on COOL, click here.


Finding the reasons for the 2012 drought – National Geographic

Last May to August was the driest the U.S. has been since the mid-1980s.

Weather and soil temps delay spring planting – Farm World

It’s a bit colder and definitely damper than last year.

Kansas beef cattle at lowest numbers since 1999 – The Topeka Capital-Journal

The decline is being attributed to the drought.

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