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Historical disease detectives try to solve mysteries: One hundred years ago, a novel pandemic influenza virus spread rapidly around the world. It killed about 1 to 2 percent of the human population, primarily young and often healthy adults. The centennial of the 1918 pandemic is a good time to take stock of how far the world has come since this historic health disaster—and to face the sobering fact that several key mysteries have yet to be resolved. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

The stinkbug saga: Very few household pests destroy crops; fleas and bedbugs are nightmarish, but not if you’re a field of corn. Conversely, very few agricultural pests pose a problem indoors; you’ll seldom hear of people confronting a swarm of boll weevils in their bedroom. But the brown marmorated stinkbug has made a name for itself by simultaneously threatening millions of acres of American farmland and grossing out the occupants of millions of American homes. The saga of how it got here, what it’s doing here, and what we’re doing about it is part dystopic and part tragicomic, part qualified success story and part cautionary tale. READ MORE

Judge considers Roundup cancer claims: Claims that the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer have been evaluated by international agencies, U.S. and foreign regulators and the product’s manufacturer — agribusiness giant Monsanto. Now, a federal judge in San Francisco is conducting his own review during an unusual set of court hearings that began Monday. It has big stakes for Monsanto and hundreds of farmers and others who have sued the company. READ MORE

ANIMAL FEED SAFETY

Pet food recalls on increase: The number of pet food recalls has continued to increase in the U.S. Officials are on heightened alert because contaminated pet food jeopardizes the health of not only pets, but the humans who care for them as well. The latest recalls include products distributed by TruPet LLC, Northwest Naturals, and Carnivore Meat Co. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

U.S. food ‘among safest in world’: In mid-February, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services Pesticide Data Program released its 2016 Annual Summary. The results: The U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world. The 2016 surveys tested more than 10,000 samples of fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, eggs, and milk. The findings? More than 99 percent of the samples tested had residues well below the EPA established tolerances, and more than 23 percent had no detectable pesticide residue. READ MORE

South African Listeria outbreak has serious economic consequences: The World Health Organization reiterated Monday that South Africa’s ongoing foodborne illness outbreak is the largest listeriosis outbreak ever recorded globally. Health officials in South Africa on Sunday named a ready-to-eat meat product known as “polony” produced by Tiger’s Enterprise Food as the likely cause of the outbreak’s nearly 1,000 cases and 180 deaths. One African country after another has banned imports of South African meats, following the public warning from South Africa’s public health department that urged people to avoid processed meats. The warning notice says the contamination involves more than one production facility. South Africa produced $412 billion in processed meats in 2017 with Tiger Brands being the most significant player with about one-third of the market. READ MORE

TERRORISM

ISIS touts attacks on U.S. embassies, kidnappings of westerners: The weekly Islamic State newsletter that usually focuses on internal headlines within remaining caliphate territory devoted a section to discussing attacks on U.S. embassies and kidnappings of westerners in locales not usually touched by the terror group. ISIS has previously used the briefs section in al-Naba to discuss the Las Vegas shooting, which they’ve claimed as their own while authorities said no extremist links have been found, and the California wildfires, in which they’ve highlighted the tactic of arson without claiming responsibility. READ MORE

HUMANITARIAN CRISES

Venezuelans not welcomed by neighbors: Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing economic collapse are crowding into cities and makeshift camps in Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and throughout the region, the largest mass emigration in modern Latin American history. The resulting friction mirrors that in nations from the U.S., where immigration pervades the national debate, to Germany, where war refugees have upended politics, to Italy, where an anti-migrant party made stunning gains Sunday. READ MORE

FOOD INDUSTRY TECHNOLOGY

Introducing Flippy, the restaurant robot: A robot named Flippy is now in the kitchen at a fast food restaurant called CaliBurger in Pasadena. Before Flippy can get started, it needs a little human help. A co-worker puts raw patties on the grill. Flippy uses thermal imaging, 3D and camera vision to sense when to flip – and when to remove. READ MORE

RESTAURANT SECURITY

Chuck E. Cheese brawl: Two women have been charged for their roles in a brawl at the a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant that left two people injured on Sunday night, police said. The fight, which broke out about 6 p.m., reportedly started as an argument between patrons but escalated into a fight both inside and outside the Deptford establishment with nearly 20 people involved. READ MORE

WEIRD STUFF

Daycare workers give kids gummy bears laced with melatonin: Three daycare workers have been charged with child endangerment, after they allegedly admitted giving gummy bears laced with melatonin to a class of 2-year-olds to get them to calm down for nap time. The three teachers were taken into custody and allegedly admitted to giving the children the laced gummy bears. Police said the women didn’t think what they did was inappropriate, because melatonin is an over-the-counter sleep aid. READ MORE