But hopeful investors include Cargill, Bill Gates: Memphis Meats Inc. – a company that has developed beef, chicken, and duck protein from animal cells – has completed a new round of financing that includes as investors Cargill Inc. and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The latest investment brings the amount Memphis Meats has raised so far to $22 million, although the company has not commercialized production of what it calls its “clean meat.” It has, however, reduced the cost of producing a pound of meat to less than $2,400 from $18,000 last year, according to The Wall Street JournalREAD MORE

CYBER SECURITY

Could cyber attacks be responsible for deadly ship collision? A spate of incidents involving U.S. warships in Asia, including a deadly collision this week off Singapore, has forced the U.S. Navy to consider whether cyber attackers might be to blame. While some experts believe that being able to engineer such a collision would be unlikely, given the security systems of the Navy and the logistics of having two ships converge, others say putting the recent incidents down to human error and coincidence is an equally unsatisfactory explanation. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Hepatitis E a growing problem in UK: Food manufacturers and processors must shift to locally-sourced foods to minimize the risk of hepatitis E to consumers, says supply chain firm Vendigital, after a Public Health England report revealed that thousands of Britons a year could be infected by contaminated imported pork products. The report said that up to 200,000 people in the United Kingdom might be infected every year. Researchers said animal husbandry processes outside the UK needed to be explored further to find the source of the contamination. READ MORE

The problem with papaya (and what to do about it): Outbreaks of Salmonella and other pathogens in fresh produce are unfortunately relatively frequent occurrences. This is true particularly with imported Mexican papaya. Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Centers for Disease Control has disclosed a potential root cause in the latest outbreak, but the factors that lead to contamination of produce are well known. Just as in an operation with previous sanitation or food safety failures, food industries as a whole with unsafe track records need to collectively correct deficiencies on an industry-wide basis. READ MORE

Egg scandal threatens European food safety credibility: The Dutch egg scandal has become a global concern, leading to a drop in consumer trust in European food producers. Eggs tainted with the pesticide fipronil have traveled to at least 17 countries, making it as far as Hong Kong. As a result, Hong Kong’s health minister recently declared that its food safety center is now inspecting eggs coming from Europe closely, at both the import and retail level. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

Is your drinking water safe? America’s drinking water infrastructure is aging and in serious need of modernization. Pipes are overdue for replacement, and water and wastewater treatment systems need upgrades to deal with new classes of pollutants. Changing a drinking water standard or adding a new substance to the list of contaminants regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency is time-consuming. Some water systems are having problems meeting current standards, much less upgrading to meet new requirements. READ MORE

ANIMAL FEED SAFETY

FSMA affects animal feed, too: Almost everyone knows that the federal food safety law known as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) applies to human food. What you may not know is that it also applies to livestock and even pet feed. The law requires feed mills and companies that produce animal feed to comply with certain Good Manufacturing Practices, and to establish an approved system of hazard and risk-based preventive controls. READ MORE