Florida dairies are back to milking—just in time

By Stephanie Ostrowski, DVM What you didn’t know about milk cows: Most people are vaguely aware that cows typically get milked twice a day. They are less likely to understand how and why it is important that dairy cows not miss Read More …

Major retailers restocking hurricane supplies

Walmart, Home Depot and others are getting ready for Irma: For consumers stocking up on hurricane supplies, help is on the way. Walmart Stores said it has activated its Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Irma to “get those shelves stocked as soon Read More …

This Labor Day weekend, be careful with fresh shellfish

Shellfish harvests banned on both coasts: With many people heading to their favorite beach for the final fling of the summer this holiday weekend, fresh shellfish fans will no doubt be out in force harvesting clams, oysters, mussels and other delicacies. Read More …

Contact with floodwaters poses infection risks

Dirty floodwaters can lead to public health disasters: In the coming weeks and even months, residents of Houston and other parts of southern Texas hit hard by Hurricane Harvey will be faced with the public health disasters that can result from Read More …

Harvey could disrupt refineries, cause fuel price increases

Some 30 refineries are in danger zone: A hurricane barreling toward Texas threatens to disrupt operations at refineries along the Gulf Coast, potentially throwing a wrench into fuel supplies and driving up prices. Severe flooding can cause refining units to shut down Read More …

Could North Korea target animal agriculture?

We know the Hermit Kingdom has the capacity for biological warfare: Could North Korea’s biological weapons program be a threat to animal agriculture in the U.S. and allied nations? The simple answer is yes. The exact nature of that threat is not Read More …

Detection of cow with BSE shows success of Alabama’s surveillance program

An 11-year-old Alabama beef cow was recently diagnosed with atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), widely known as “mad cow disease,” the USDA and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries announced yesterday. But there’s no reason for panic, according to Soren Read More …

Chipotle’s food safety woes not over

Chipotle’s shares tumble—again: Chipotle’s food safety woes are not over. The chain confirmed Tuesday that several customers who ate at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Sterling, Virginia, reported symptoms of norovirus after eating at the chain. So far eight cases between Read More …

Will rising Gulf temps mean more ‘flesh-eating bacteria’?

  Vibrio vulnificus thrives in warm water: Three cases of a deadly flesh-eating bacteria have been confirmed recently in Mobile County, Ala., two from going into Gulf of Mexico waters with open wounds and one from eating raw oysters. The common Read More …