Monday links

September 25, 2017

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

Animal Science:

Researchers discover new cattle disease and prevent it from spreading — University of Copenhagen
Following genetic studies of deformed calves, recent research in Copenhagen uncovered a hitherto unknown disease found among Holstein cattle. The breeding bull from which the mutation originates was put down to prevent further spread of the disease.

National Guard assists in livestock relief efforts — Beef Magazine
In response to pleas to help cattle stranded due to massive flooding, National Guard units in the U.S. have loaded helicopters with hay donated from across the country and dropped it to starving cattle below.

Food Safety:

Death Wish Coffee recalls its Nitro Cold Brew over risk of botulin toxin — The Washington Post
A company called Death Wish Coffee, with a skull-and-bones logo and a boast that it sells “the world’s strongest coffee,” has announced a recall of 11-ounce cans of nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee because they could potentially contain the deadly toxin botulin. No injuries have been reported.

Water-Resistant, Antimicrobial Edible Wrap for Food Preservation — Food Safety Magazine
Food scientists at Oregon State University have combined two naturally occurring fibers to develop a water-resistant and antimicrobial edible film that has the potential to extend the shelf life of food with wet surfaces, such as meat, cheese and cut produce.


Puerto Rico’s Agriculture and Farmers Decimated by Maria — The New York Times
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. Its force stripped trees of not just leaves, but also bark, leaving a rich agricultural region looking like the result of a post-apocalyptic drought.

Late Sept. heat complicates apple harvest — Michigan Farm Bureau
Although Michigan’s apple harvest is now in full swing for many varieties, abnormally warm temperatures could pose a challenge for apple farmers throughout the western growing region of the state, particularly for more sensitive varieties like Honeycrisp, Sweet Tango and Golden.


Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis — The New York Times
With the death toll from drug overdoses rising faster than ever, the New York Times offers a refresher on the critical details of the ongoing opioid crisis, including “What is an opioid?” and “Where is the worst of the problem?”


Armed only with a frying pan, Maine woman helps stop forest fire — WGME News
Maine Forest Rangers are thanking a quick-thinking hiker for helping to stop a forest fire in a wooded area. Rangers say Nancy Weeks, armed only with a frying pan, began running back and forth between the flames and a nearby pond, keeping the fire down until crews arrived.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture