They’re running ads during TV shows he’s known to watch: Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum have triggered countries that produce those products to propose retaliatory tariffs of their own, many targeting American agricultural products. That’s why Farmers for Free Trade, a coalition of farmers, farm corporations, farm groups, and former politicians from both major parties, is taking a creative route to get President Donald Trump to hear their message. The farm lobbying group is running 30-second ads encouraging free trade on television shows the President is known to watch, such as Fox & Friends. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Who’s responsible for child’s illness? A poultry producer is accused of distributing Salmonella-contaminated meat. A family then purchased that meat and reportedly did not properly cook it at home, thus causing their child’s serious health issues. The result? An Arizona federal court awarded a family $6.5 million (gross amount) as compensation for their foodborne illness case. Here’s what happened. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Tuberculosis makes comeback in Venezuela: His family thought he just had a bad cold, nothing serious. But Victor Martínez kept getting worse. By mid-January, he lay in a hospital ward, wasting away from tuberculosis. A month later, at his wake, stunned relatives tried to reckon with the resurgence of a disease that many Venezuelans thought had been mostly confined to the history books. Tuberculosis, a disease that until recently seemed to be under control in Venezuela, is making an aggressive comeback, overwhelming a broken health care system ill equipped for its return, doctors and infectious disease specialists say. READ MORE

New research says heavily processed foods contribute to cancer: According to research published in the British Medical Journal, a 10 percent increase in the proportion of heavily processed foods in a person’s diet meant they were 12 percent more likely to develop all cancers and 11 percent more likely to develop breast cancer. READ MORE

Where to sit on an airplane: People who fly on airplanes while contagious can indeed get other people sick, but the risk is mainly to those seated next to them or in the adjacent row, US researchers said Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is the first to quantify the odds of getting sick based on a passenger’s proximity to an infectious person. READ MORE

RESTAURANT SECURITY

Restaurant manager attacked by mob: An IHOP manager was left bloodied after he was attacked by rowdy female patrons who threw punches, chairs, and plates at the worker, according to Tennessee police who are seeking to identify the assailants. According to cops, the melee touched off early Friday morning at an IHOP restaurant in Memphis after victim Mohammad Al Hourani, 28, asked the group to “please keep it down.” READ MORE

EMPLOYEE SAFETY

A novel way to fight forced-labor: Coca-Cola Co. and the U.S. State Department along with two other companies said on Friday they are launching a project using blockchain’s digital ledger technology to create a secure registry for workers that will help fight the use of forced labor worldwide. According to the International Labor Organization, nearly 25 million people work in forced-labor conditions worldwide, with 47 percent of them in the Asia-Pacific region. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Hog farm closures hasn’t hurt supplies: Falling hog prices in China suggest the country’s closure of pig farms to comply with stricter environmental regulations has not restricted supplies. While authorities report removing hundreds of thousands of hog farms during a multi-year environmental remediation campaign, at least a dozen companies launched aggressive expansion plans featuring construction of large farms with updated manure collection and treatment facilities. READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

Fruit vendor viciously attacked: A GoFundMe account has been established for a fruit vendor who was viciously attacked in Downtown Los Angeles last Sunday morning. The attack was so severe that doctors told the man’s family it would take him about six months to recover. The man’s stepson says his stepfather is a  hardworking man from Oaxaca, Mexico, who has no health insurance. READ MORE