Check your food supplies! Tropical Storm Cindy continues to track through the northwest Gulf of Mexico, bringing potentially life-threatening flooding concerns to parts of the Gulf Coast and South through late this week. Gusty winds, rip currents and isolated tornadoes are also expected. Heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms will extend well out from the center, especially to the east and north of the track. The greatest impact from Cindy will be the risk of major fresh water flooding in the Deep South and other parts of the eastern United States. Flooding problems will range from small streams, bayous and urban areas to some of the rivers in the region. See our advice for preparing for a flood HERE. Read more HERE and HERE.


Dog meat festival goes on as planned: A notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday (Jun 21) with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumours that authorities would ban sales this year. After earlier reports of a sales ban at the summer solstice event in the southern city of Yulin, animal rights groups said vendors and officials reached a compromise and set a limit of two dogs on display per stall. But multiple carcasses rested on several stalls at two markets, with stiff pointy tails, leathery yellow skin, eyes shut and bared teeth as if in a final growl. READ MORE

Illegal wildlife traders turn to the Darknet: Illegal wildlife traders may be turning their attention to the Darknet, a new INTERPOL research report has found. Experts from the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation found limited, but clear evidence of criminals using the Darknet to sell illicit wildlife products from critically endangered species such as rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger parts and products. READ MORE


U.S. Marshals seize adulterated food: On June 15, the U.S. Marshals Service seized food products held at a St. Paul, Minn., warehouse after the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint on behalf of the FDA. FDA alleged the seized food, worth some $73,000, was considered adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Professional Warehouse and Distribution, Inc., in St. Paul, Minnesota. The food products included barley flour, spices, pasta, dried beans, tea and cookies. The action came after two inspections that found unsanitary conditions, including widespread vermin activity. READ MORE

Mass food poisoning was an accident: An investigation of a case of mass food poisoning at a camp for refugees from Mosul has determined the poisoning was not intentional, Instead, more than 825 camp residents got sick because the food was cooked by a charitable organization at 9 a.m., transferred to the camp in the afternoon, and distributed to residents between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. — enough time for harmful pathogens to grow. READ MORE


Disease threatens to wipe out Kenya’s potato crop: Food security in Kenya  is under threat from a potato disease that has been reported in 20 counties growing the crop, out of a total of 47 counties in the country. The Nakuru County executive for agriculture, Dr. Stanley Chepkwony said a potato cyst nematode has also been reported in addition to the vicious fall army worm menace that has ravaged farms in maize-growing pockets. Chepkwony said the potato disease was lethal and has the capacity of wiping out potatoes in the country. He said authorities were on high alert and surveillance had been enhanced while farmers were being sensitized about how to identify the disease and what chemicals to use. READ MORE

Food fears cause surge in milk demand: On a cattle farm in the desert outside Doha, hundreds of cows imported from the Netherlands are led into an air-conditioned hall to be milked by Asian workers in orange uniforms. Ghadeer farm, set among scrubland near a U.S. air base, is scrambling to meet a surge in demand for milk caused by a Saudi-led economic boycott of Qatar that has raised fears of food shortages in a country dependent on imports. READ MORE

Goodbye to a burrito cart: Let’s file this one under “food security,” a term that denotes the continued availability of food. After nearly two decades of selling burritos on Washington’s K Street, John Rider says his sidewalk cart — which once brought in more than $300 an hour — has become unsustainable. Business has fallen 70 percent in recent years at Pedro & Vinny’s, and the burrito that USA Today once called “the best thing going in D.C.’s food-cart scene,” is going away for good at the end of this week. READ MORE


Ammonia on demand? Our society is in need of ammonia more than ever. Chemical fertilizers, plastic, fibers, pharmaceuticals, refrigerants in heat pumps, and even explosives all use ammonia as raw material, and ammonia has been suggested as a hydrogen carrier recently because of its high hydrogen content. The main method of ammonia synthesis requires a temperature of nearly 500 C as well as using much natural gas, so scientists have been looking for alternative methods to sustainably synthesize ammonia at low temperature. That would be great for industry, but a problem if terrorists got the capability to manufacture ammonia on demand. READ MORE