** Livestock and Antibiotics: The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for federal action to ban antibiotic use in food animals for growth promotion purposes so as to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Note: This peer-reviewed CAST publication looks at antibiotic use and other animal health issues. The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes
** Haggis on the Menu? The British government has dispatched its Environment Secretary to Washington to try and convince the Obama administration to lift a 43-year-old ban on importing haggis. Haggis, the Scottish delicacy consisting of a sheep's heart, lungs, and liver simmered with onion, oatmeal, suet, and spices in a sausage casing -- or sheep's stomach for the traditionalists
** Food Fears: Many consumers have found food ingredients and products the subject of their food nightmares. But according to a new study, educators and industry can combat ingredient-based fears if they effectively communicate the substances' history, background, and general usage.
Note: This science-based Issue Paper from CAST examines GMO food labeling--The Potential Impacts of Mandatory Labeling for Genetically Engineered Food in the United States.
** Crashing the Party: A young bear fell through an Alaska couple's skylight while they were preparing to celebrate their child's birthday, sending the humans scurrying out the room while he feasted on cupcakes.
Note: The Zen of Bears Blog--I'd Rather Be a Bear in a Hammock than a Bear in a Cage.
by dan gogerty (cattle pic from ars; bear pic from rendezvousblogs.nytimes)