Yemen faces world’s largest famine in decades: And there could be millions of victims if aid deliveries are not resumed, a senior UN official has warned. Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, urged the Saudi-led coalition to lift its blockade of the conflict-torn country. On Monday, the coalition shut air, land and sea routes into Yemen after Houthi rebels fired a missile at Riyadh. The ballistic warhead was intercepted near the Saudi capital. Saudi Arabia said the blockade was needed to stop Iran sending weapons to the rebels. READ MORE
WHO calls for ending antibiotic use in healthy animals: Citing the benefits to public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently called for an overall reduction in the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals, recommending that farmers stop using antibiotics for growth promotion and disease prevention in healthy animals. Further, antibiotics that are considered critically important for human medicine should not be used for treatment or to prevent the spread of the infection within a herd or flock, unless tests indicate those drugs are the only treatment option. READ MORE
New publication aids agricultural businesses in ICE raid, audit preparation: Ensuring workers are legally able to work in the U.S. and properly documented is important for every agricultural business, from processing plants to dairies and orchards, said two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas, and Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo, have joined forces to write a new publication to help those in the agricultural industry face the issue. They wrote the publication after the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted audits and raids at dairies, slaughter plants and other agricultural businesses in recent years.
U.S. food system continues to be soft target for terrorism: Sadly, more and more these days, terrorism has become a prevalent concern. The food sector is not immune to threats either, especially as soft targets and lone wolf attacks become more common.Food Safety Tech discussed the issue with special agent Scott Mahloch, weapons of mass destruction coordinator for FBI Chicago, during a conversation leading up to this year’s Food Safety Consortium, where Mahloch will be speaking. READ THE INTERVIEW