Here are your Monday links

August 18, 2018

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

Peanut trial shows food safety relies on honor system – Star Tribune

Jurors at the nation’s first federal criminal trial stemming from a deadly outbreak of food-borne illness are learning a disconcerting fact: America’s food safety largely depends on the honor system.

Increase in GRAS food additives – Washington Post

Consumer safety groups are concerned that food manufacturers are adding dangerous ingredients to products because the Food and Drug Administration’s vetting process has become less rigorous.

Animal safety

Cattle Outlook: Domestic beef demand is increasing – Drovers

Domestic beef demand is increasing. Retail demand was up 1.9% in June. Over the last 12 months, domestic beef demand is up 1.6%. Export demand growth is even stronger.

Feral swine still causing problems in rural Ohio – Ohio Ag

The feral swine that have been invading Ohio in recent year can weigh up to 200 pounds and cause significant destruction to crops and property. They can also be dangerous.


 Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test – NPR

Does a Colorado company have the right to fire an employee who uses marijuana at home to alleviate pain? The Colorado Supreme Court will decide.

Wales NHS to offer MS cannabis drug — BBC

The NHS in Wales will be the first in the UK to fund a cannabis-based medicine for people with multiple sclerosis.

Cancer patients should be allowed to cannabis for pain relief, says UK drugs minister — Mail Online

Norman Baker said the drug could help relieve symptoms for sufferers of conditions such as multiple sclerosis and help those having chemotherapy.

Legal highs involved in 113 deaths in Scotland — Evening Times

The number of deaths in Scotland involving so-called legal highs more than doubled last year, according to new figures.