Egypt’s Nile Delta threatened by looming crisis: Scientists are warning that the fresh-water supply to Egypt’s Nile delta has been dramatically reduced in recent year, putting the country at risk of serious water and food shortages in the next decade, according to an article in the International Business Times. The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is expected to worsen the situation even more. Egypt’s population has exploded in recent years, reaching nearly 90 million, exacerbating social tensions and accelerating the depletion of resources. The study shows that the delta is no longer able to function as a naturally expanding fluvial-coastal center because of human pressure. Less than 10 percent of Nile river water now reaches the sea, while most of the nutrient-rich sediments remain trapped in the delta by a dense canal and irrigation system. This means that cultivated lands in the delta may become characterized by nutrient-poor soils, with a decreased ability to grow food. Fertile lands are threatened, and food shortages may occur in the future. READ MORE

FOOD CONTAMINATION

Confirmed cases of hepatitis A in Oregon: Oregon’s Multnomah County Health Department continues to investigate two confirmed cases of hepatitis A in restaurant workers at two Cup & Saucer Cafes in Portland. Hepatitis, is highly contagious, and people become infected by swallowing the virus, which can spread from person to person by inadequate handwashing after using the toilet or changing diapers, or eating food prepared by an infected person. A person with hepatitis A may also spread the disease up to two weeks before they become ill with symptoms. READ MORE

Rabies treatment after bat found in salad mix: Two people were recommended for post-exposure rabies treatment after a consumer in Florida reported finding a dead bat in a packaged salad mix, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday. The bat was sent to CDC after it was found in a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix. READ MORE

Police investigate food-related deaths of two children: Police are investigating the mysterious deaths of two children in Capetown, South Africa, whose family believe died because of food poisoning. The 2- and 4-year-old siblings and several other family members became seriously ill after eating chicken. The City of Cape Town said the chicken eaten by the family was safe for consumption when it was sold by a vendor, but toxicology reports showed a substance usually found in insecticides or medications in the children’s systems. READ MORE

Ready-to-eat salad recalled: Mibo Fresh Food, a Ft. Worth, Texas, company, is recalling some 3,434 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. The product contains pieces of honey glazed walnut, which has as an ingredient wheat, a known allergen that is not declared on the product label. This product was also packed on shared equipment with other tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and milk. READ MORE

A case of ciguatoxin poisoning: The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) is investigating a suspected poisoning by ciguatoxin. The affected 55-year-old man developed tongue and oral numbness and limb weakness two hours after consuming fish head and an alcoholic drink at lunch at home. When he sought care at a hospital, he was found to have hypotension and bradycardia. Ciguatera fish poisoning is not uncommon in tropical areas and is mainly associated with the consumption of big coral reef fish that have accumulated the toxin in the body, in particular in internal organs, by eating small fish that have consumed toxic algae in coral reef seas. READ MORE

ANIMAL HEALTH

Mississippi implements poultry protection plan: Mississippi is implementing new measures at poultry sales and exhibitions because of recent avian influenza outbreaks in the Southeast, the Mississippi Business Journal reported. No poultry — including chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, pheasants and pea fowl – will be allowed from Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky or Georgia because of their current outbreaks. READ MORE