Monday links

October 16, 2017

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

Animal Science:

Continued progress towards beef, dairy health — National Milk Producers Federation
The U.S. beef and dairy industries continue to improve the quality of their management practices, according to the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit.

Kune Kune piglets possess social learning skills, have good memory — University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
A new study has shown for the first time that pigs are able to learn from each other, and that the intelligent animals also possess remarkable long-term memory after they internalize a learned technique.

Food Safety:

New FDA Guide Schools Consumers on Raw Juice Safety — Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put together a new guide to help consumers make informed choices when it comes to raw juice products. The creation of the guide was prompted by increased consumer demand for healthy beverage choices.

Allergy Training for Restaurants — UnsafeFoods
Food allergies in children and adults are steadily rising.  It is becoming critically necessary for food service industry professionals to be properly trained on how to keep their facilities safe for food allergic guests.

Fumonisin Reaches Critical Level in Texas and Oklahoma Corn Crop — AgWeb
A mycotoxin that can hurt livestock and humans, fumonisin, is making its way through parts of Oklahoma and Texas at levels well above normal. Farmers dealing with fumonisin-causing mold are likely to face discounts and possibly be unable to feed grain to livestock.

Cider makers forage for old wild apple flavor — Associated Press
The Lost Apple Project is a collection of cider makers on the hunt for a missing treasure: heritage wild apples. They search in mountain roadsides, in the thickets of old pastures, and in backyards for flavors that have links to the country’s early cider making past. “In the search for the pinot noir of apples, we’ll go far and wide,” said one member.


Drug tests at festivals find dangerous new varieties posing as well-known pills —
Tests conducted by volunteers at festivals and other events in New Zealand last summer found about 30% of the drugs taken by those who offered samples did not contain what users thought they did. Instead, many contained new varieties of drugs called cathinones, which mimic the effects of better-known drugs, but are much more harmful.


Dogs stick with sheep through wildfire — 100 Mile Free Press
Two canine heroes in a recent wildfire diligently made sure those under their charge stayed safe. Sophie, 12, and Tad, 6, had 89 sheep under their care and protected nearly all of them through the disaster.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture