Salmonella may have brought down the Aztec empire

Researchers find evidence in ancient remains: In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. Within five years possibly Read More …

What’s making you sick?

CDC names top five food borne illness pathogens: The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus, aka “staph,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some other germs Read More …

Contaminated infant formula, water for babies with mold

This isn’t the first time: French health authorities on Saturday ordered the recall of infant formula products that were possibly contaminated by Salmonella, while 20 babies aged under six months have been infected by Salmonella in eight different regions of France. During 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 …

Frozen raspberries spread norovirus: Frozen raspberries imported from China were the source of 615 confirmed cases of norovirus in Quebec between March and July of this year, and of 15 cases in Minnesota in August of 2016. The Twin Cities and Quebec outbreaks Read More …

New molecule unveiled to improve poultry gut health

Chemical manufacturer promises molecule will reduce incidence of necrotic enteritis in broilers: Several of the key issues facing broiler producers today are linked to one key theme – namely, the bird’s gut health, according to Professor Richard Ducatelle of the University of Ghent in Belgium. Leading Read More …

The great pumpkin heist

Thieves get away with more than 600 pumpkins: Whether they are extra-large, painted pink, or even inflatable, thieves are snatching pumpkins at an alarming rate. The most recent haul by sticky-fingered pilferers was the theft of more than 600 pumpkins from Read More …

Are you subsidizing the North Korean government?

N. Korean slave labor provides seafood, funds nuclear arsenal: The workers wake up each morning on metal bunk beds in fluorescent-lit Chinese dormitories, North Koreans outsourced by their government to process seafood that ends up in American stores and homes. Privacy is Read More …

Sonic Drive-ins may have suffered data breach

Millions of cards could be affected: Sonic Drive-In, a fast food restaurant chain with more than 3,500 locations across the United States, has apparently suffered a data breach that may have resulted in the theft of millions of payment cards. The company Read More …