Welcome back from the weekend with the 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

Determining the “high risk foods”: Another analysis sees things differently – Leavitt Partners blog

Different reports see different risk levels for foods.

Global networks make food safer – FoodSafety.gov

A network of more than 1,600 members from 180 countries helps keep the global food supply safe.

Weird food allergy stresses mom, baffles doctors – ABC News

Food protein induced entercolitis syndrome (FPIES) doesn’t act like a typical allergic reaction.

Craft beer-crazy Oregon poised to name official state microbe – NPR’s The Salt

It’s a good day to be Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Animal safety

Strong biosecurity measures required in response to influenza A (H7N9) virus – The Poultry Site

Enhanced biosecurity measures are paramount in stopping the new strain of avian flu that has killed several people in China, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports. Unlike the more commonly known H1N1 strain, the new H7N9 strain causes few signs of disease in animals.

No evidence of human transmission of bird flu as China cases rise – CNN

So far, officials don’t believe the H7N9 strain of avian flu can be transmitted between humans.

For previous Neogen blog posts on H7N9, click here.

How to…clean a pet’s ears – Fully Vetted

It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Owners fond of mixed-breed pets, Royal Canin survey finds – Veterinary Practice News

Almost 30 percent of dog owners and 40 percent of cat owners say “mixed breed” animals are their favorite.


A stubborn drought tests Texas ranchers – The New York Times

The U.S. cattle herd is the smallest it’s been since the 1960’s due to the drought.

Drought leads Texas ranchers to return to 18th century techniques – Progressive Cattleman

With the feed costs high thanks to the ongoing drought, some ranchers in Texas are falling back on a technique used to feed cattle in the 1700s.

Senator Kristen Gillibrand introduces Gillibrand-Collins Dairy Pricing Reform Act – PerishableNews.com

The act aims to increase support for dairy farmers.


Business beat – Michigan Business Network

Neogen CEO James Herbert discusses the state of the food safety business, especially in light of the horse meat scandal in Europe.

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