They’ve come a long way already, but Kansas State University researchers studying the safety of animal food produced in feed mills say they’ve got plenty more to learn as they work to maintain safe food for animals and humans, according to an article in the High Plains Journal. The researchers are trying to protect food from dozens of risks to raw agricultural products entering and leaving the nearly 6,000 feed mills in the United States. According to the American Feed Industry Association, nearly 300 million tons of agricultural commodities are processed annually in American feed mills, providing feed for 9.6 billion food-producing animals as well as 70 million dogs and 74 million cats. In 2015,  a team of Kansas State University researchers discovered that feed could be a vector for PEDv, a destructive disease that caused an estimated eight million pig deaths in 2014.  READ MORE