‘Clean food’ at what cost?

Food safety risks, costs, waste likely to increase in ‘clean’ era: Two veteran food science and human nutrition experts at Iowa State University are worried about food safety eroding and food waste piling up because of millennials’ demands for “clean food.” ISU Professors 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 …

Pecan weevil threatens New Mexico’s orchards

Quarantines enacted in four counties: A tiny bug is posing a threat to one of New Mexico’s biggest cash crops. An investigation by the Carlsbad Current-Argus and Roswell Daily Record found an invasive bug known as the pecan weevil could derail New Read More …

Chipotle stockholders claim CDC withheld info

Documents show 14 outbreaks: Chipotle Mexican Grill stockholders allege that the company and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) withheld from the public information they knew about multiple foodborne illness outbreaks tied to the restaurant chain in 2014 and Read More …

Will terrorist attacks be the ‘new normal’ in U.S.?

NYC success shows U.S. not a safe island: The 29-year old Uzbek immigrant charged for Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City was found to have thousands of ISIS-related photos and videos on his phone. Welcome to the new normal, experts at Read More …

Hundreds of Marine recruits get sick at boot camp

Recruits quarantined, dining facilities inspected: More than 300 recruits at the Marines’ boot camp in San Diego are suffering from diarrheal symptoms from an bacterial outbreak, officials disclosed on Tuesday. With most of the cases linked to Shiga toxin-causing E.coli bacteria, physicians Read More …

Biological weapons: Another threat from North Korea

Preparation is ‘urgent and necessary’: Under the cover of farm facilities, North Korean chemists may be weaponizing some the world’s deadliest diseases—such as smallpox, Black Death and cholera—which could lay waste to millions of people if an epidemic were unleashed. A report Read More …

Report says some well water contains high levels of arsenic

Two million people may be exposed: More than 44 million people in the U.S. get their water from private domestic wells, which are largely unregulated. A new report estimates that about two million people who draw their water from these unregulated wells Read More …

Man’s best friend uses scent to identify pepper pest

Belgian Shepherd is this company’s worthy ally: Man’s best friend is proving to be a worthy ally in the fight against a tough greenhouse pest. Leamington, Ontario-based NatureFresh Farms is using a female Belgian Shepherd named Chili to help detect the presence of Read More …

Yes, we have no bananas

Is it the Bananapocalypse? In a hot, dry field near a place called Humpty Doo in Australia’s Northern Territory, scientists are racing to begin an experiment that could determine the future of the world’s most popular fruit, the lowly banana. Dodging the Read More …