Monday links

December 11, 2017

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

Animal Science:

Cattle production and modern technology — Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board
A new social media campaign is helping consumers better understand how cattle producers are using advanced technology — like drones and solar panels — to benefit their businesses and the environment.

Research evaluates Salmonella risk in animal feed — Poultry Times
A new research project seeks to analyze whether animal feed contains any of the serotypes from the bacteria Salmonella that could pose a health threat to livestock. Researchers are looking for 250 animal feed mills to voluntarily send samples for analysis.

Food Safety:

New tool could help maintain cheese quality — American Society for Microbiology
For centuries, Dutch cheesemakers have used complex starter cultures of bacteria to make their Gouda and Edam cheeses. However, cheese quality can fluctuate widely due to inconsistencies within these cultures. Now, a research team has developed a tool for monitoring these strains and keeping cheese tasty.

Report shows only half of European food recalls made public — Food Safety News
All too often there is a lag between the time European governments know about unsafe food and when public warnings go out about recalls, a new report says. Recent outbreaks across the continent have motivated one consumer rights organization to investigate.


Nature’s fury: Natural disasters and agriculture in 2017 — Alltech
Wildfires. Hurricanes. Floods. Droughts. Earthquakes. These powerful natural events can deliver massive destruction and loss of life. Often overlooked by the media and general public are the consequences for agriculture, and all who depend on farming for food and sustenance.

Innovative system images photosynthesis — The Optical Society
Researchers have developed a new imaging system designed to monitor the health of crops, both on the field and in the greenhouse, not in a lab. They hope the new technology could one day save farmers money and time with equipment that automatically provides water or nutrients to plants at the first sign of distress.


Olympics: IOC sees more than 20,000 drug tests in Pyeongchang lead-up — Reuters
More than 20,000 doping tests will have been conducted by the start of next year’s Pyeongchang winter Olympics as the International Olympic Committee’s pre-Games testing program hopes to root out cheats in advance.


Grinch squirrel goes on crime spree, takes out New Jersey town’s Christmas lights — Distractify
Police officers in Sea Girt, New Jersey were looking for the Grinch responsible for destroying the town's Christmas lights. Cops suspected that some local vandals were up to no good. But as it turns out, the criminal who took away Sea Girt's luminescent Christmas cheer was of the bushy-tailed rodent variety.

Category: Food Safety, Agriculture