More than 3.5 tons of hot dogs recalled: A Bronx-based company, Marathon Enterprises Inc., has recalled more than seven million pounds of Sabrett frankfurters after customers complained of finding bone and cartilage in the product. One customer reported minor oral injuries after biting into a frank. On its website, Sabrett said the voluntary recall was initiated after staff investigated and discovered an equipment issue. Sabrett has been manufacturing all-beef franks for some 90 years and is the official hot dog at Madison Square Garden and other NYC venues. READ MORE
Horse meat scam worth $23 million a year: Authorities have arrested at least 66 people in a European food scam that sold horse meat unfit for human consumption. The criminal ring acquired horses in Spain and Portugal that were “in poor shape, old, or had been designated ‘not apt for consumption.'” After falsifying paperwork and substituting microchips used to identify the horses, the animals were slaughtered and the meat shipped to Belgium. Scam profits could reach 20 million euros, the equivalent of $23 million a year. READ MORE
Polygamist stronghold hit by E. coli outbreak: The source of a troubling E. coli O157:H7 outbreak on the Utah-Arizona border still has not been identified. Several local and state agencies have joined the Centers for Disease Control to investigate an outbreak that has already killed two children in the Hildale and Colorado City communities, settled by breakaway Mormon polygamists because of their remote locations. Eleven cases have been confirmed, with four children developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and seven requiring hospitalization. READ MORE
Acid attacks becoming more common: London was the scene of five acid attacks last week. The victims, all fast-food delivery drivers, were either sprayed with a corrosive substance or had liquid thrown at them. The injuries, at least in one case, are characterized as “life-changing” and “horrific.” These types of acid attacks are becoming more common, driven by a variety of motives. We stress that the motives behind these specific attacks have not been determined, and one victim was robbed. Online jihadi groups, however, have urged acid attacks because corrosive materials are easy to obtain. Criminal gangs also have also used this tactic for revenge on rivals or their own members (often female victims) who have become angered others. The purpose is to maim and permanently scar; the message is intimidation. Security of food delivery workers has always been a serious issue. As home and work food delivery becomes more common, appropriate protections will have to be developed. Read more HERE and HERE.
Cholera outbreak devastates in Yemen: A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says. The situation has continued to “spiral out of control,” with about 7,000 new cases every day, the ICRC warned. READ MORE
Remember your pet in an emergency: Pets have become an important part of many people’s lives, so we must always consider that they too must be cared for during emergencies. During several recent natural disasters, humans were negatively affected because of delays associated with pet care and concerns. Public health officials have begun to realize the human/pet bond has to be accounted for in emergency planning. READ MORE
Death cult grows in popularity: A Mexican folk religion involving human sacrifice and devoted to Holy Death is growing in popularity among drug traffickers and violent criminals, prompting Texas officials and the Catholic Church to warn about honoring the so-called Saint Death. READ MORE