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How can you limit the data stalking? Facebook is now so good at watching what we do online—and even offline, wandering around the physical world—it doesn’t need to hear us to know what we like. In fact, Facebook and big data brokers know more about you than your closest friends and family members. They know who you are likely to spend time with, where you will eat next, where you like to travel, what you like, don’t like, and who influences you the most to do something. How can you limit the amount of data Facebook and advertisers are collecting about you? Read more HERE and HERE.


Hundreds warned about potential nerve agent exposure: Hundreds of people could have been contaminated by the nerve agent that poisoned a Russian double agent in Salisbury, officials have confirmed, as locals questioned why they were not warned sooner. A week after Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were left in a critical condition following an attack in the city, residents were advised to take action to protect themselves. Anyone who visited the same pub or restaurant as the pair last Sunday were told to wash their clothes immediately and clean all jewelry, mobile phones, spectacles, and other items with antiseptic wipes. READ MORE

How cars became a weapon of choice: Abdelrahman al-Shaludi was from Silwan in East Jerusalem. James Fields was from Ohio. One was associated with Hamas and the other with white supremacists.  The two have very little in common, except one thing: both chose to turn a car into a weapon. Despite their differences, their decisions to weaponize their vehicles bookended the spread of vehicle ramming as a tactic. How can we understand the process by which an attack type popularized in the West Bank became the tactic of choice for a white supremacist in the United States? READ MORE


Catfish recalled for adulteration: Heartland Catfish Co. of Itta Bena, Miss., is recalling more than 34 tons of catfish products that may be adulterated with leucomalachite green, the according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The fresh and frozen catfish products were produced on Feb. 16, 2018. Leucomalachite green is an organic compound that is used primarily for dying materials such as silk, leather, and paper. Another controversial use is as an antimicrobial in aquaculture, but the compound has been banned in the U.S. since 1983. The adulteration was discovered during routine FSIS testing. Read more HERE and HERE.

Foster Farms held partially liable for child’s salmonellosis: In a precedent-setting food safety case, an Arizona federal court jury has returned a verdict in the amount of $6.5 million in favor of a 5-year-old child who suffered a brain injury in 2013 as a result of a Salmonella Heidelberg infection from what was believed to be chicken produced by Foster Poultry Farms. The case established that chicken producers can be held responsible for Salmonella contamination on raw chicken  even though the USDA does not consider Salmonella an adulterant in raw chicken and even though the bacteria can be killed by adequately cooking. READ MORE


Initiative aims to stop soy production in environmentally sensitive regions: Global egg customers are coming together to back an initiative which aims to remove soy produced in the Amazon, Cerrado and other areas of environmental sensitivity from the global food chain by 2020. More than 60 retailers and manufacturers support the manifesto. READ MORE