Monday links

September 18, 2017

What’s the latest in the fields of agriculture, food safety, animal science and toxicology? Check it out here.

Animal Science:

Using light to neutralize livestock odors — Iowa State University
Researchers have literally, and figuratively, shed new light on the odor problems arising from livestock facilities. Using black light, a team of scientists could neutralize the volatile components that make up objectionable odors, promising hope for those who plug their nose before entering the barn.

Picking up after the storm on livestock farms — The Courier-Tribune
After disastrous weather, livestock producers need to be diligent in checking livestock, repairing damaged infrastructure and looking for possible hazards in pastures caused by storm damage.

Food Safety:

The Supply Chain and Food Safety Culture: Processing — Food Safety Magazine
Food Safety Magazine continues its series on food safety culture along the food supply chain, this time focusing on the food processing plant. In this article, food industry leaders help elucidate the challenges around creating a culture of food safety.

How Long Should Food Stay in Your Pantry? — Unsafe Foods
Food spoilage begins the moment produce is harvested, and bacteria, yeast and molds precipitate the rate at which food spoils. In the fridge, appearance and smell can be used to determine spoilage. In the pantry, it’s a little harder, and light and air are the some of the biggest spoilage culprits.


Aflatoxins: Did you know that in high-yielding dairy cows, the carry-over rate into milk is greater? — Anco
A study of the relationship between the carry-over rate of aflatoxins in milk and the level of milk production of dairy cows suggests that current regulations for aflatoxin in dairy cow feed may not be protective enough. Dr. Gwendolyn Jones of Anco expands on tips shared in Neogen’s Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report.


Born on opioids — Today’s Parent
Babies born to opioid-dependent mothers are typically whisked away to intensive care units. But an innovative program is seeing new results with far simpler treatments that keep them close to their moms.


Monkey Selfie Copyright Lawsuit Settled After Deal Reached — NBC News
Attorneys representing a macaque monkey have agreed to a compromise in a case where they asserted the animal owned the copyright to selfie photos it had shot with a human photographer’s camera.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture