Monday links

June 26, 2017

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

U.S. bans import of Brazilian beef over safety concerns — CNN Money
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the immediate suspension of fresh beef imports from Brazil after inspections uncovered public health concerns, unsanitary conditions and animal health issues.

The Reality: Pests Cause Product Contamination — Food Safety Tech
While it may seem obvious to many food companies that a pest infestation can lead to significant product contamination, on a global scale, not all regions are on top of this problem. Recent research examines how different regions handle pests such as cockroaches, flies and birds.

Animal Safety

Calves Conceived in Winter Perform Better — University of Florida
If you take better care of a mother during pregnancy, her children are likely to be healthier — and this impact should last a lifetime. In the case of cows, cool conditions are key. A new University of Florida study shows calves conceived during winter went on to produce more calves and milk.

Guardian dog study numbers are in — Morning Ag Clips
The numbers are in from a yearlong experiment pitting 18 inexperienced young livestock guardian dogs and their neophyte dog-handling owners against a hoard of native sheep and goat predators. The results show promise for the ancient predator control method.


Infographic: Popular legumes in dry, wet pet foods —
Pet food formulators continue to move away from grains to meet consumer demands. Novel pet food ingredients made from leguminous plants, such as peas, chickpeas or lentils, have risen in popularity, especially as a plant-based protein.

Corn better used as food than biofuel, study finds — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Corn is grown not only for food; it is also an important renewable energy source. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have looked at the economics of corn as a food and as a biofuel to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs.


A new variety of poppy seed won’t make drug tests think you’re an addict — Gizmodo
Bad news if you were hoping to beat a drug test by blaming it on your breakfast. A British company says it has developed a new type of poppy seed with reduced levels of morphine that won’t produce a false positive result on a drug test.


How Viewing Cute Animals Can Help Rekindle Marital Spark — Association for Psychological Science
One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership. In a new study, a team of psychological scientists has developed an unconventional intervention for helping a marriage maintain its spark: pictures of puppies and bunnies.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture, Toxicology