Welcome back from the long weekend. Here are the belated Monday links

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 sued for delay of FSMA implementationFood Safety News

The Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Management and Budget are the target of a lawsuit seeking the release of long awaited rules stemming from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Report: Aquaculture to provide 60% of fish production by 2020 – AllAboutFeed.net

Fish consumption has increased almost 15 percent in the past five years, placing a greater demand on the fishing and aquaculture industries.

Any foodborne transmission among hantavirus, swine flu or WNV? – Food Safety News

Thankfully, there typically isn’t foodborne transmission of these viruses.

Eat your words: Restricting calories does not necessarily extend monkeys’ lives – Discover

Although lower calorie diets can lengthen the lives of short-lived organisms, such as yeast and fruit flies, it doesn’t necessarily help prolong the lives of longer-lived creatures, such as monkeys.

Animal safety

Washington reports first equine WNV case in 3 years – Veterinary Practice News

This is the first case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a Washington horse since 2009, when the state led the nation in equine WNV infections with 72 cases.

For more information on WNV, check out this post from Neogen vet Dr. James Little.

Influenza A (H3N2) variant virus outbreaks – CDC

The first death associated with H3N2v (swine flu) this year was reported in Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.

The person who died had been exposed to pigs at a fair and had multiple underlying health issues, according to the CDC.


Global demand for maize puts stress on South African market AllAboutFeed.net

Domestic prices for white maize already have jumped 41 percent from last year.

USU dairy experts work with farmers in Azerbaijan – Standard-Examiner

Two Utah State University professors traveled to Azerbaijan (formerly part of the Soviet Union) to help improve dairy science in the country.

Researchers step up fight against wheat pathogens – Nature News Blog

By tracking and controlling outbreaks, researchers hope to stop the spread of wheat rust fungi.

Isaac gives drought-stricken farmers brief respite – ABC News

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac gave some drought devastated areas of the U.S. some much needed rainfall.


Pot dependence in adolescence linked to a long-term drop in IQDiscover

In a multi-decade study, adolescents who are dependent on marijuana were found to have an eight point IQ drop, on average.

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