It’s made with banana plant waste: Science has finally led us to one of the greatest innovations of humankind: ice cream that doesn’t melt quickly on a hot day. The secret, according to a new study? Banana plant waste. Not only are researchers saying their new concoction will last longer, but it’s creamier and potentially even healthier than your typical frozen treat. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Coca-Cola bottler suspends operations at Mexican plant: Mexico’s largest Coca-Cola bottler said Friday that it is indefinitely suspending operations in the southern city of Ciudad Altamirano due to violence. Coca-Cola FEMSA said it was closing the distribution plant in Guerrero state because in January employees there “began receiving constant threats and attacks by organized crime,” a phrase that usually refers to drug cartels. It also cited a “recent unjustified attack” on one of its employees, but did not specify what happened. READ MORE

Love for avocados fueling deforestation: Americans’ love for avocados and rising prices for the highly exportable fruit are fueling the deforestation of central Mexico’s pine forests as farmers rapidly expand their orchards to feed demand. Avocado trees flourish at about the same altitude and climate as the pine and fir forests in the mountains of Michoacan, the state that produces most of Mexico’s avocados. That has led farmers to wage a cat-and-mouse campaign to avoid authorities, thinning out the forests, planting young avocado trees under the forest canopy, and then gradually cutting back the forest as the trees grow to give them more sunlight. READ MORE

Farmers concerned about trade war: From hog producers in Iowa to apple growers in Washington state and winemakers in California, farmers expressed deep disappointment Friday over being put in the middle of a potential trade war with China by the president many of them helped elect. After President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on products including Chinese steel, Beijing responded Friday with a threat to slap an equal 25 percent charge on U.S. products such as pork, and a 15 percent tariff on such things as wine, apples, ethanol and stainless-steel pipe. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Noxious fumes from landfill cause children to fall ill: Doctors in a Russian town treated dozens of children complaining of dizziness and nausea last week because of noxious fumes coming from a local dump, authorities said. Residents of Volokolamsk, some 75 miles west of the Russian capital, have long complained about high levels of hydrogen sulfide and nitric oxide from the Yadrovo landfill. Riot police were called in this month to disperse a protest calling for the closure of the site. Doctors treated 50 children from different schools in the town, the regional authorities said in a statement, adding that the main complaints were nausea and dizziness. READ MORE

Lack of antibiotic regulations promote rise of superbugs: Drug-resistant superbugs are rising in the UK because of lack of regulation of antibiotics in developing countries, experts have warned. One of the biggest studies of antibiotic use around the world has established that while antibiotic use in Britain has slowed, global consumption jumped by 65 percent, to 34.8 billion daily doses between 2000 and 2015. READ MORE

Shopping center fire kills dozens: Thousands of angry and distraught Russians have rallied in a Siberian city to demand a full probe into a shopping centre fire that killed at least 64 people, many of them children. The blaze engulfed the Winter Cherry mall on Sunday, the first weekend of the school holidays, trapping dozens of parents and children inside. Eyewitnesses reported that fire alarms were silent and many doors were locked. Some of the victims were children who died in a locked movie theatre. READ MORE

CDC warns of second-wave flu: Flu season is winding down, but the Centers for Disease Control is warning of a second wave, Flu Virus B, which is happening right now. The CDC says that B-viruses are being reported more frequently than the A-strain, which had been more dominant recently. A CDC spokesperson says B-strain viruses tend to be more severe for younger children. Experts say it’s possible for those who have already been sick with the flu to fall ill again with a different strain later in the season. READ MORE

TB increasing in NYC: The number of tuberculosis cases in New York City suddenly jumped by 10 percent last year — the largest increase since 1992, according to the Health Department. TB is a highly infectious bacterial disease that largely attacks the lungs, but can also infect and spread to other organs, including the kidneys, spine or brain. READ MORE

TERRORISM

More than 130 may have been exposed to nerve gas: More than 130 people could have been exposed to the nerve agent used to poison Sergei Skripal, British Prime Minister Theresa May said. Russia has been blamed for the attack on the former spy and his daughter, who were found slumped on a bench in Salisbury. READ MORE

More on novichok: A developer of Soviet-era nerve agents related to the one used against former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has told the Guardian that a similar poison was used in the murder of a Russian businessman in the 1990s. Vladimir Uglev, a Soviet chemical weapons scientist, contradicted official Russian denials that the country had any chemical weapons programme tied to the name novichok, with the formal codename foliant. Uglev speculated the nerve agent could remain potent for as long as 50 years. READ MORE

Packages containing explosives delivered to military installations: Multiple suspicious packages containing explosive material were sent to at least three military installations in the Washington, D.C. area, a senior defense official told Fox News Monday. READ MORE

Nightclub shooter’s father was FBI informant: Attorneys for Noor Salman called for a mistrial after they say new details from prosecutors reveal that Pulse gunman Omar Mateen‘s father was an FBI source and is currently under a criminal investigation. According to a motion filed by the defense, prosecutors sent an email on Saturday that stated Seddique Mateen was a confidential FBI source from 2005 through June 2016. READ MORE

ANIMAL FEED SAFETY

More contaminated pet food: Arrow Reliance, doing business as Darwin’s Natural Pet Products, is again recalling fresh, raw dog foods because testing by the Food and Drug Administration found Salmonella and/or E. coli O128 in samples of the products. Pet foods that are contaminated with bacteria, viruses or parasites pose a risk to people who handle the foods as well as their pets. Also, surfaces and items in homes, stores and veterinarians’ offices can become contaminated when people are handling contaminated pet foods. READ MORE