Does 3D red meat have a future? Red meat has been identified as the next product that could benefit substantially from 3D printing technology. One benefit of 3D printing meat is the ability to produce meat in a more sterile environment than traditional meat production, potentially avoiding contamination. It has also been cited as a potential way to boost food production for the world’s growing population. Yet experts have cited challenges; it will be difficult to achieve a genuine meat taste and texture, and there may be some reluctance for consumers to accept 3D printed meat. READ MORE

TERRORISM

Jihadis use encrypted messaging platforms to urge attacks on specific targets: New information out of the United Kingdom indicates that jihadist groups are increasingly using encrypted messaging platforms to send out instructions, urging lone wolf attacks. Messages specifically reference pubs, clubs, stadiums, and schools as desirable targets. This type of messaging is nothing new, but has gained more scrutiny in light of the recent vehicular and subsequent knife attack in London that killed four and injured dozens. According to an investigation by the U.K.’s Sunday Mirror newspaper, ISIS operatives used the secretive messaging site Telegram to call for a “lone wolf” attack on Parliament just weeks before Khalid Masood struck. The investigation also has uncovered other chilling messages in which jihadi masterminds urged terrorists to mount atrocities in the UK, with political leaders, Jewish schools, museums, pubs and clubs identified as “perfect targets.” READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Eighteen more humans stricken by avian influenza in China: The China National Health and Family Planning Commission has reported that 18 additional human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9), including two deaths, were recorded between March 17 and March 23. The 11 male and seven female patients, aged from 37 to 86, came down with AI between March 9 and March 15. Sixteen of the victims were known to have been exposed to poultry or poultry markets. According to the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) a total of 1,329 human cases of avian influenza A(H7N9) have been reported since 2013. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Tons of taquitos recalled: Ajinomoto Windsor Inc., a Lampasas, Texas, establishment, is recalling some  35,168 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat beef taquito products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber with plastic, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. READ MORE

Norovirus causes closure of Canadian oyster farms: The Canadian government has closed oyster farming at seven diverse locations in southern British Columbia waters, and several other commercial growers have voluntarily stopped selling amidst the worst norovirus outbreak to ever hit the industry. To date, a total of 304 illnesses have been reported in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario from eating raw or undercooked oysters from Canada’s West Coast, said Darlene Winterburn, executive director of the Comox-based B.C. Shellfish Growers’ Association. While human sewage is considered the most likely source of the outbreak, officials cannot identify the cause, Winterburn said. READ MORE

China, Chile, and Egypt resume Brazilian meat imports: China, Chile, and Egypt all have decided to resume Brazilian meat imports after temporary bans within the past week, Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture announced Saturday. The countries were among more than a dozen nations that have restricted purchases from Brazil, following the March 17 announcement of a Federal Police probe on alleged corruption involving 33 public sanitary inspectors and 21 meat processing plants. Read more HERE and HERE.

MISCELLANEOUS

North Korea uses starvation to control its prisoners: Food has been used as an effective weapon of war and population control for millennia, and troubling reports from people who have escaped North Korea continue to surface. The country uses starvation, torture and execution as a means to control prisoners in its extensive gulag system. An untold number of people have died in the system of prison camps amid “unspeakable atrocities” comparable to what the Nazis did, according to a preliminary report from the United Nations. About 200,000 people are currently imprisoned in these camps, while some 400,000 people have died in them, according to reports from Amnesty International and the Committee for Human Rights in North KoreaREAD MORE

Troops warned to be careful about caffeine intake: Energy drinks can provide a midday boost, but troops should be careful about their caffeine intake, according to the Pentagon. Chugging down high doses of caffeine and sugar in a short amount of time can overstimulate the central nervous system with short-term effects such as nervousness, shakiness, rapid heartbeat, irritability, or sleep issues. READ MORE