Monday links

May 22, 2017

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Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

Raw Milk, Cheese Cause Almost All Dairy Foodborne Illness — Food Safety Magazine
A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that raw milk and cheese products cause 96% of foodborne illnesses linked to contaminated dairy products. This means that these unpasteurized products cause 840 times more illnesses and 45 times more hospitalizations than pasteurized dairy products.

Summer food safety: tips for parents and children — The Oxford Eagle
Are you planning a summer picnic or get-together outside? Taking advantage of warmer temperatures and the great outdoors can encourage more physical activity after mealtime; however, it also provides the perfect environment for bacteria and other pathogens to rapidly multiply and cause foodborne illness.

Animal Science

Black cherry trees dangerous for livestock — The Winchester Sun
Black cherry trees are an important timber and wildlife species, yet can cause cyanide poisoning in livestock. The leaves of the trees, especially wilted ones, are high in cyanic acid, which can kill livestock by depriving them of oxygen.

Science comes to aid of dairy cows getting through freezing winters — NZ Farmer
Dairy cows exposed to chilling rain, hail and snow will be better off soon as a result of research conducted by a New Zealand-based institute. Their work is providing them a greater understanding of how livestock cope with wintry weather, and what can be done to help manage them through icy spells.


Blue and purple corn: Not just for tortilla chips anymore — University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Consumers today insist on all-natural everything, and food dyes are no exception. Even if food manufacturers are willing to make the change, current sources of natural dyes are expensive and hard to come by. Now, a large University of Illinois project is filling the gap with colored corn.

Vomitoxin — Wheat’s Formidable Foe — Bayer
Many factors impact wheat yields throughout the growing season. This article discusses how Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) and its byproduct deoxynivalenol (DON), or vomitoxin, can impact profits and what you can do to lower risk from the disease.


The opioid epidemic’s deadliest substances and their street names: a primer — New York Daily News
Addiction medicine expert Dr. Kevin Cotterell of the South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, New York offers a quick primer on opioids.


Uncle Fatty: Obese Monkey Shows Dangers of Human Food — LiveScience
A morbidly obese macaque who lives near a market in Thailand is raising eyebrows for his sheer size. The monkey, dubbed “Uncle Fatty” by tourists, nearly doubles the size of most of his comrades, according to a pathobiologist.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture, Toxicology