Japan Urges Trading Partners Not To Overreact On Food Safety (via AFP)

“GENEVA — Japan on Wednesday asked trading partners at the World Trade Organization not impose what it described as unjustifiable import restrictions on its exports. Explaining actions taken on food safety following the nuclear accident at Fukushima No.1 plant, a Japanese envoy to the WTO said: ‘Japan would like to request WTO members not to overreact […]

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Chinese Ducks Felled by New Virus (via Science Magazine)

“Peking duck, salted duck eggs, duck soup: China is famous for its duck delicacies, and duck farms dot the country’s agricultural belt. So last spring, when Chinese farmers noticed their prized birds were producing fewer eggs than usual, they began to worry. Egg production plummeted by as much as 90% in some flocks. Ducks were […]

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Human Virus Blamed in Gorilla Deaths (via UPI)

“DAVIS, Calif., March 28 (UPI) — A human virus that causes respiratory disease has been linked to the death of wild mountain gorillas, U.S. and African researchers say. Researchers say the finding confirms that serious diseases can pass from people to these endangered animals, a release from the University of California, Davis reported Monday.”  

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Stabenow Announces First Senate Ag Farm Bill Field Hearing (via agri-pulse)

“WASHINGTON, March 25 – With a definite Michigan angle, Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced Friday that she will hold the Committee’s first Farm Bill field hearing April 9. Billed as ‘Opportunities for Growth: Michigan and the 2012 Farm Bill,’ the hearing will be at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.” Read more […]

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Food Safety Fragmentation Still a Problem, says GAO (via Food Navigator-USA)

“The establishment of a Food Safety Working Group in 2009 was a ‘positive first step’ but more work is needed to address fragmented oversight of US food safety, says the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The GAO said it has commented on the fragmented nature of the United States’ food safety system for more than a decade. […]

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Rescue Operations in Japan Target the Country’s Furry Friends (via Fox News)

“It’s a united inu effort. Animal rescue groups have joined forces to help the untold number of dogs — inu – in Japanese, cats and other furry friends that have been lost and injured in the tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan one week ago.” Read more at FoxNews.com.  

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How To Help Your Pets with Allergies (via CNN)

“Spring is just around the corner — a time when many of us simply dust off the neti pot or load up on Benadryl in preparation for allergy season. It’s a little harder for dogs and cats with environmental allergies to avoid the elements. Fortunately, our experts offer cool tips to help keep hot spots and […]

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Eu Wrestles with Issue of Food From Cloned Animals (via Reuters)

“(Reuters) – European Union governments and lawmakers remained deadlocked on how to regulate the production and sale of food from cloned animals, following all-night talks in Brussels that ended on Thursday morning.” Read more at reuters.com.

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Good Dog, Hard Choice: Downturn Puts Pressure on Placer County Pet Owners (via the Auburn Journal)

“Economic hard times have put the squeeze on many pet owners. And while the idea of paying off a four-figure bill for a pet procedure or even putting food in the dog dish when a dog owner’s family is hungry or in need of new clothes is daunting to some, extraordinary measures are occurring on a […]

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USDA Recognizes Work of Farmers and Ranchers on National Ag Day (via Farm Service Agency)

“WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 – In honor of the hard work and commitment of America’s producers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today recognized the nation’s farmers and ranchers — as part of National Ag Day — for the part they play in providing food, fiber and fuel to billions of people worldwide” Read more at fsa.usda.gov.

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