Officials suspect poultry infected at three sites: Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry breeding company, has euthanized chickens at a farm in Alabama over concerns about bird flu, the company said on Tuesday, as likely cases of the disease emerged in a top chicken-producing state. Alabama officials said they suspected that poultry at three sites in the state were infected with the virus, about a week after some 90,500 chickens were culled over infections at two commercial operations across the border in Tennessee. State officials are waiting for test results the virus was discovered during routine tests, according to the Alabama Department of Agriculture. USDA is conducting the tests and the state veterinarian has issued an order barring the movement of poultry until the results are available, according to an Alabama Cooperative Extension System website outlining the state’s program. Early evidence points to the chickens in Alabama having a low pathogenic variety of the virus, according to Reuters. Read more HERE and HERE.
Yahoo data for sale: Here’s a real cautionary tale about the need for topnotch cybersecurity. In 2013, more than one billion Yahoo accounts were breached, and personal information like phone numbers, passwords, security questions and backup email addresses was stolen. All of that data is for sale on the Dark Web (an encrypted network only accessible through software like the privacy program Tor), according to cybersecurity firm InfoArmor, which discovered the compromised information in August. At the time, it was sold to three parties for $300,000 each. Data is still for sale, but now that the breach is public, the price is expected to drop. READ MORE
A reminder that restaurants are attractive terrorism targets: The case of a Jordanian woman, Ahlam Aref Ahmad al-Tamimi, is a reminder that places where people gather—like restaurants—are attractive targets for terrorists. The FBI has placed al-Tamimi on its “Most Wanted Terrorist” list because of her role in a 2001 bombing at a Sbarro pizzeria that killed 150 people and injured some 120 others. In a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice has also charged Al-Tamimi with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction outside the U.S. against U.S. nationals. Two of those killed were U.S. nationals, and Sbarro, serving New York-style pizza, started in Brooklyn, N.Y. and now has headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Federal prosecutors accuse al-Tamimi of having agreed in the summer of 2001 to carry out attacks on behalf of the military wing of Hamas and having traveled with the restaurant suicide bomber to Jerusalem. After the bombing she was imprisoned in Israel but was released in 2011 as part of a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas. She was returned to Jordan. The U.S. Justice Department is working to bring al-Tamimi into custody, but Jordanian courts have said their constitution does not allow Jordanian nationals to be extradited. READ MORE
More cases of E. coli from SoyNut Butter: A total of six people, including at least three children, have been infected with E. coli at Montessori Preschool of Alameda in northeast Portland (Multnomah County). So far, four of the people, including two children, had the O157:H7 strain of E. coli identified, which health officials say is the most severe type of the bacterium. Two of those cases genetically matched the strain found in the recalled IM Healthy SoyNut Butter that sickened 16 other people in nine states. Two other children in Clackamas County, Oregon, were also infected by the soynut butter, according to state health officials. The bacterium causes diarrhea and can produce a toxin that damages blood vessels, particularly in the kidneys. READ MORE
ASPCA and forensic science: Unlike most forms of evidence, which can be tucked away into a box or envelope, animals who have been abused, neglected or connected with a crime require special resources and care to ensure their well-being while in police custody. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals partners with the NYPD and other law enforcement nationally to house animals, care for them and collect evidence from them. READ MORE
‘Delicious’ poultry meat grown in lab: Memphis Meats, a San-Francisco-Bay-area company on the forefront of a field called “cellular agriculture,” this week showed off samples of duck and chicken meat grown in the company’s lab. The company, founded in 2015, has raised $3 million in funding to develop a process for creating “clean” meat by culturing animal muscle cells. Memphis Meats says its goal isn’t just to avoid killing but to reduce the environmental impact of raising animals for meat and to improve the health of meat eaters. Representatives from the company say that Memphis Meats won’t have products ready for market until 2021—and there’s no word on what such lab-grown meats would cost today. Those present at the unveiling said the Southern-fried chicken and duck a l’Orange looked surprisingly tasty, though. Read more HERE and HERE.