|Maine braces for another budworm infestation|
Portland Press Herald - 2/11/2013. By Glenn Adams, AP - When spruce budworm infested Maine’s spruce and fir forests in the late '70s, large-scale aerial spraying was implemented - to considerable protest. Now an outbreak of budworms on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec has Maine forestry experts worried.
|Russia bans US meat imports over feed additive|
Processing Magazine - 2/11/2013. Starting today, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service is banning virtually all imports of U.S. beef, pork and turkey products over the use of the growth stimulant ractopamine, which it says may cause health problems. Ractopamine, which is used to promote leanness in animals, has been banned in the European Union, Taiwan, China and Russia due to alleged health dangers.
|European Commission study looks into allergy risks from textile chemicals|
Processing Magazine - 2/11/2013. The European Commission (EC) has started a comprehensive analysis of a possible link between chemicals used in textile products and allergic reactions in consumers. A study has been conducted by Dutch company RPS, which reviewed all scientific data and epidemiological information on the matter available so far.