Packed under Sam’s Club brand: Tony Downs Food Co. Inc. of Minnesota is recalling 48 tons of canned chicken packed under the Sam’s Club Member’s Mark brand because consumers have reported finding pieces of plastic in it, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The company shipped the 96, 384 pounds of canned chicken nationwide. It was also available online. Some of the implicated chicken was sold in 50-ounce cans for foodservice operators. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Fighting Fusarium wilt: In the Pacific Northwest, spinach seed is a tiny crop with huge value. And it’s in big trouble. Northwest farmers grow the seeds that fuel the fast-growing baby leaf spinach market. But they’re increasingly burdened by a devastating disease that takes their fields out of commission for decades at a time. Lindsey du Toit aims to change that. A professor at Washington State University, du Toit leads research to help growers reduce the impact of a crippling fungal disease called Fusarium wilt. READ MORE

Banning Atlantic salmon: Atlantic salmon are not native to the Pacific Northwest, but the fish have been farmed in Puget Sound for roughly three decades. Now, Washington state has banned Atlantic salmon farming. As John Ryan reports for NPR member station KUOW, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law last week restricting non-native fish farms in Washington state waters. The move comes eight months after the failure of a commercial net pen—a large underwater enclosure used to contain farmed fish. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Why is whooping cough back? Researchers and public health officials have struggled to explain the resurgence of whooping cough in the United States since the late 1970s, and the suspected shortcomings of the current generation of vaccines are often blamed. Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, the University of Georgia and Queens University concluded that natural population turnover, incomplete vaccination coverage, and slowly waning protection from a highly effective yet imperfect vaccine best explain the resurgence of whooping cough. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

Can you quit Facebook? Matt Carter is trying to end a relationship he suspects has run its course. But breaking up with Facebook is hard to do. He discovered that on his drive home from his senior product manager job at Idexx Laboratories Inc. in Westbrook, Maine, last week. As he listened to the latest news about the social-media giant, he thought seriously for the first time: Maybe I will delete Facebook. READ MORE

Facebook will restrict data access: In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and rising public pressure against Facebook, the social media giant announced on Wednesday evening that it will restrict how much data advertisers can have access to. Facebook will soon stop allowing advertisers access to data about individuals held by companies like Experian and Acxiom. READ MORE