Wake up with the Monday links

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Food safety

Study on the geographic origins of foods – Food Standards Agency (FSA)

The United Kingdom’s FSA is undertaking a study that will focus on if foods that are said to be from the U.K. actually are.

The oddities and challenges of the proposed food defense rule – The Acheson Group

The rule is the latest to come from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Tests show Washington state shellfish safe following Chinese ban –   Food Safety News

The ban followed arsenic test results but subsequent testing shows levels are below China’s legal limit.

Mintel identifies key trends for 2014 – Meat & Poultry

International cuisine will be one of the top food trends of the year thanks to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil, according to a new report.


Animal safety

Senate passes crucial veterinary drug amendment– Veterinary Practice News

The bill would allow veterinarians to take controlled substances from their offices or hospitals and across state lines, which would allow them to use the substances to treat animals on-site.

PED positive submissions: Biological sample positive count now exceeds 6,000 – The Pig Site

As of the latest figures, Iowa has the highest number of new positive test results with 60 out of the 116 new cases.



Rancher Relief Fund distributing funds, donations pass milestone – Drovers Cattle Network

The funds, which topped $4 million, will go to help ranchers affected by October’s devastating blizzard.

Corn pile biggest since 1994 as crop overwhelms use: Commodities – Bloomberg

Corn stockpiles are growing at the fastest rate since 1994.



Important mutation discovered in dairy cattle – Phys.org

A deleted gene sequence improves milk yield but also negatively affects fertility.

Brazilian citrus greening genome a step to a cure in Florida citrus? – Southeast Farm Press

The mapped genome could lead to new breakthrough in treating citrus greening, which can devastate citrus trees.

Genomes gone wild – The Scientist

It’s all about plants.

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