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 …

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 …

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 …

Partnership will develop Cannabis-infused beverages

Beer distributor teams up with marijuana company The U.S. distributor of Corona beer is chasing a new type of buzz. Constellation Brands Inc. has agreed to take a 9.9 percent stake in Canopy Growth Corp., a Canadian marijuana company, and plans to 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 …

Farmers don’t have enough workers to harvest their crops

Immigration fears exacerbate farmworker shortage: Farmers from Georgia to California say they have a problem: not enough workers to harvest their crops. It’s estimated anywhere from half to three-quarters of farmworkers are in this country illegally, and some growers say that President 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 …

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 …

Where does N. Korea get the money to fund nuclear efforts?

Illegal tobacco generates big profits: Where does North Korea, whose gross domestic product is less than that of some American cities, get the money to fund its nuclear efforts? Kim Jong-un and his regime obtain much of their money from a Read More …

How important is milk production to the Sheikdom of Qatar?

By Dr. Stephanie Ostrowski, DVM When cows fly: In the United States, we are fortunate to have a large dairy industry with milk surpluses, as well as an efficient distribution network. Taken together, these allow Americans to enjoy significant food security Read More …