Monday links

March 21, 2016

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

Why do Mycotoxins Lead to Decreased Productivity and Profitability in Animal Production? – The Pig Site
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by higher animals.

Clues for Recognizing Confusing Neurologic Syndromes – The Horse
One horse walks circles compulsively and appears as if he hasn’t had his morning coffee. Another stands a bit lopsided and doesn’t blink when you raise your hand toward her eye. The bad news is both horses show signs of potential neurologic disease. The good news is horses give very subtle clues that can help the clinician pinpoint the cause so treatment can start.


First tomatoes and peas harvested on Mars and moon soil simulant – Nature Today
Researchers from Alterra Wageningen UR were able to grow and harvest ten different crop species on Mars and moon simulant.

Knowing pest life cycles helps with resistance management – Michigan State University
Rotating pesticide chemistries is critical to successful pest management, but knowing insect and disease life cycles also plays a big role.

Food Safety

New food safety rules pose impact for refrigerated carriers – Fleet Owner
Refrigerated carriers face a bevy of new mandates governing not only the condition and operation of equipment used transport foodstuffs but the capture and preservation of shipment temperatures, along with driver training requirements, due to go into effect March 31.

Chicken labels found to be confusing – Morning Ag Clips
Survey shows nearly two-thirds of consumers find chicken labels confusing so as part of the National Chicken Council’s (NCC) Chicken Check In initiative, a new chicken labeling glossary was created – aiming to provide consumers with the facts when it comes to chicken terms and labels.


Some Imported Dietary Supplements and Nonprescription Drug Products May Harm You – FDA
If you buy imported products marketed as “dietary supplements” and nonprescription drug products from ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online, watch out. Health fraud scams abound.

Food safety group wants shops to ban children from buying energy drinks – Irish Examiner
Energy drinks may claim to give you wings, a buzz, a mega hit, an adrenaline rush or, in one case, a “nuclear weapon against hangover." But food safety experts sum up the characteristics in a rather less appealing way: Sugar and caffeine.


There’s a scientific reason why chocolate chip cookies and milk taste so good together – Quartz
Why do chocolate chip cookies dipped in milk taste so good? Matthew Hartings, a professor of chemistry at American University, said it’s partially due to the chemical compounds interacting on our tongues.


Category: Food Safety, Agriculture