Is it safe? Historic flooding in Texas after Hurricane Harvey has raised questions about food crops touched by flood waters, which the FDA says are not safe to eat. Some farmers argue that guidance is too broad. In fact, no one knows exactly what was in the floodwaters that came after the storm.  NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang reports on the confusion about what to do with crops and farm fields that sat underwater for days. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Researchers develop groundnuts free from dangerous fungi: Researchers have developed groundnuts free from aflatoxins thanks to a double-pronged approach involving genetic engineering. They say the findings could save thousands of tons of fungi-infected crops being discarded every year, or else being consumed with unacceptable levels of the mycotoxin. Aflatoxins produce toxins that suppress the immune system, hinder children’s growth, and have been linked to liver cancer. READ MORE

Most foods fall within safe pesticide limits: A total of 98 percent of tested foods produced in the U.S. did not violate federal pesticide residue limits in 2015, the Food and Drug Administration’s annual analysis of pesticide residues in domestic and imported foods shows. Of the 835 domestic food samples tested from 39 states, almost half—49.8 percent—were completely free of pesticides for the period from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015, according to the annual report released Monday by the FDA. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Sexually transmitted Zika confirmed in Miami area: Florida health officials have confirmed the first case of sexually-transmitted Zika virus in the Miami area. The Florida Department of Health released a statement Friday saying that the individual in question contracted the virus from his or her sexual partner, who had traveled to several countries including Cuba, where people are likely to contract the Zika virus. Both individuals, who live in Miami-Dade County, tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. READ MORE

First the plague, now Marburg: An outbreak of contagious and deadly Marburg virus disease in eastern Uganda has been declared by the nation’s Ministry of Health. Marburg virus disease, which causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever, ranks among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans, according to the World Health Organization. As of Saturday, two confirmed cases, one probable case and two suspected cases have been reported in the Kween district, on the border with Kenya. The disease is similar to Ebola, and there is no cure. Prevention and containment activities are underway as health authorities continue to investigate family and community contacts. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

Michigan unable to ensure safe drinking water: Poor data management and a dearth of funding and staff have left Michigan unable to ensure safe drinking water, according to a U.S. EPA report released last week. The agency found that the state is not always following its own drinking water rules in Flint and across Michigan as it uses outdated data tracking techniques and contends with not enough money or staff. READ MORE

ANIMAL FEED SAFETY

More on aflatoxins: Kansas State University researchers have verified a common belief that cleaning corn with common industry methods will reduce mycotoxins that may be present in the crop, but they are also cautioning that highly contaminated corn still may not be safe for animal feed or alternate uses even after cleaning. The term mycotoxins refers to toxic properties caused in plants by mold and fungi. They are prone to form on farm crops in areas of high heat and humidity. READ MORE