Rogue’s gallery: Cantaloupe growers Eric and Ryan Jensen were arrested in 2013 for being the source of a listeria outbreak that sickened 147 people and killed 33—the most deadly case of foodborne illness in the U.S, since 1925. The brothers served six months of home detention and paid $300,000 in restitution, but they’re not the only food producers to answer to the law—owners and executives of multiple dairy, egg and livestock operations have been imprisoned. As this article notes, these scoundrels probably deserved it. READ MORE

Papaya outbreak victims disproportionately Hispanic: The popularity of fresh papaya in some ethnic cuisine is resulting in a disproportionate number of Hispanics being infected in four ongoing Salmonella outbreaks. With 235 laboratory confirmed infections as of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the number of Hispanic victims in the individual outbreaks ranges from 50 percent to 91 percent. Two people have died, but their ethnicity has not been made public. The CDC and Food and Drug Administration are tracking eight different varieties of Salmonella, all found in maradol papayas from Mexico and matched by laboratory testing to samples from the victims. As of Thursday the CDC split the victims into four outbreaks, based on four farms in Mexico that produced contaminated fruit. READ MORE

HACCP plans to be reassessed after hurricanes: USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a notice requiring inspection personnel to notify establishments in hurricane-affected areas to reassess their hazard plans to ensure products are unadulterated. Data suggest the potential for an increase in Salmonella incidence in regulated food products following flood events, and a review of noncompliance records has shown a spike in noncompliance with sanitation and hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) plans in the first 90 days after heavy rain periods, the agency said. READ MORE


Cyber controls and food safety: Information technology systems, referred to by many as cyber systems, have become ubiquitous in nearly every component of our domestic and global food supply chains. While these systems bring substantial efficiencies and economic benefit, they can also become an Achilles heel in complex production systems and supply chains. Although strict food processing steps ranging from Hazard Analysis to system monitoring have improved food safety, the cyber controls and tools that are vital components within food processing systems may not be included in food safety system monitoring. READ MORE

New ransomware threat: A new ransomware threat, discovered by researchers at the Barracuda Advanced Technology Group, has launched some 20 million attacks in a single day, according to a Tuesday blog post from Barracuda Labs. And the 20 million is just the start, at the post said the number of attacks was “growing rapidly.” In the post researchers called the ransomware campaign “aggressive,” and noted that a large volume of the attacks seemed to come from Vietnam. Additionally, India, Colombia, Turkey, and Greece were also hotbeds for these attacks. READ MORE


ISIS and Instagram: Researchers say Islamic State supporters have found an ephemeral platform to share propaganda: Using Instagram’s “stories” feature, which causes posts to disappear in 24 hours. With successive military defeats in Iraq and Syria, many of its recruits dead or on the run and its Twitter and Facebook accounts being shut down, the group’s propaganda drive is increasingly homemade. But a recent analysis found the networks of people inspired by the group remain strong elsewhere. The software analysis identified, for example, more than 50,000 accounts linked to Islamic State supporters posting Instagram stories. READ MORE


TGI Fridays will serve meatless burger: Meatless burger pioneer Beyond Meat has signed its largest restaurant brand partner, TGI Fridays, which will offer the plant-based patty at select locations in the Boston area. TGI Fridays said Beyond Meat patties will be available as a substitution for any of its existing Burger Bar sandwiches during an eight-week test. READ MORE

A new way to shop: A UK supermarket has become the first in the world to let shoppers pay for groceries using just the veins in their fingertips. Customers at the Costcutter store, at Brunel University in London, can now pay using their unique vein pattern to identify themselves. READ MORE