How did drug get into dog food?

FDA investigating source of pentobarbital: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating where exactly in the supply chain that sodium pentobarbital was introduced into several recently recalled dog foods. The J.M. Smucker Co. has issued a voluntary recall of  Gravy Train, Ol’Roy, Kibbles N’ Read More …

‘Friendly’ bacteria may reduce pregnancy risks

Study suggests milk with probiotics may be good for pregnant women: Pregnant women who drink milk containing probiotic “friendly” bacteria are less likely to have premature births or pre-eclampsia, a serious complication of pregnancy, suggests a Scandinavian study. Timing was everything, though, Read More …

Were we wrong about how Black Plague spread?

Lice and fleas, not rats, may have been the culprit: Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human history, killed tens of millions. Up to 60 percent of the population succumbed to Read More …

Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impact lingers

Three months out, families still displaced: It’s been three months since Hurricane Harvey ravaged Southeast Texas, but the devastating impact lingers. In the Beaumont area, where rain levels topped 60 inches in late August, displaced residents living with other, more fortunate neighbors Read More …

After Harvey, confusion abounds regarding food crop safety

Is it safe? Historic flooding in Texas after Hurricane Harvey has raised questions about food crops touched by flood waters, which the FDA says are not safe to eat. Some farmers argue that guidance is too broad. In fact, no one knows Read More …

Longer flowering season is…bad for bees?

There are fewer blooms for bees: Today in weird climate change news, it looks like a longer flowering season isn’t necessarily a better one. According to North Carolina State University scientists referencing 40 years’ worth of climate data, plants are producing Read More …

Puerto Rico: Food and water concerns looming

Power may be out for months: Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico will be a continuing story as food security and water safety issues come into focus in coming weeks. The U.S. territory may be without power for months after the island 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 …

That will be $2,500 for a pound of meat, thank you

But hopeful investors include Cargill, Bill Gates: Memphis Meats Inc. – a company that has developed beef, chicken, and duck protein from animal cells – has completed a new round of financing that includes as investors Cargill Inc. and Microsoft founder Read More …