Popular salad ingredient linked to E. coli outbreak: Public health officials are warning consumers not to eat store-bought, chopped romaine lettuce as an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable worsens. So far, 53 related E. coli infections have been reported in 16 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said the exact source of the tainted lettuce hasn’t been identified, but that information gathered so far indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region could be contaminated  “Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the CDC said. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

The age-old art of drying meat: Walking down a quiet street in Asia, you’ll often happen on slightly macabre culinary set-pieces – long, thick slices of pork belly, draped over a clothes hanger, slabs of fish, or even, as I did once, a whole pig leg dangling next to a light post, hoof and all. As unnerving as it sometimes is to come across, these al-fresco meat dryers are doing something that’s been done for centuries, if not millennia: air-curing. READ MORE

Does the government understand GMOs? One of the major shortcomings regarding regulation of products made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that the people making the rules do not understand what they are making rules about. READ MORE

TERRORISM

ISIS threatens attack on NYC subway system: ISIS propaganda chiefs have issued a chilling threat to bring death and destruction to New York‘s subway. The terror group has vowed to attack Paris and the World Cup finals in Russia in recent weeks as part of a global campaign of lone wolf strikes as it continues to lose territory in the Middle East. In its latest warning, uploaded to militant Islamist messaging platforms, a man is pictured standing on the platform at New York’s High Street – Brooklyn Bridge Station with explosives and a timer behind him. READ MORE

Toxic levels of nerve gas remain: Toxic levels of the nerve agent used to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter could still be present at “hot spots” around Salisbury, Government scientists believe. It is believed the deadly Novichok substance was used in liquid form to target the former Russian spy, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33. Now – more than six weeks after the March 4 attack – decontamination work has begun at nine locations across the city where experts have warned the substance could still be present. The multi-million pound operation could take months to complete. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Chicken plant fire, ammonia leak cause evacuation: Some 40 homes around the Tyson Foods chicken plant in Terrell County, Ga., were evacuated after a chemical fire at the plant began Wednesday night. The plant and nearby schools are closed for the rest of the week because of ammonia leaks, according to the local EMA spokesman. A half-dozen local firefighters were exposed and required decontamination. READ MORE

RESTAURANT SECURITY

Two detectives ambushed at Florida restaurant: Two deputies were killed Thursday when a man walked up to them in a Florida restaurant while they were eating and opened fire, a Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were eating at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton, a small town about 30 miles west of Gainesville. The shooter, who was identified as John Hubert Highnote, 59, “shot both men without warning.” He was found dead outside the business, the sheriff’s office said. READ MORE

WEIRD STUFF

Huh? When journalist Curtis Waldman filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Washington State Fusion Center (which partners with the Department of Homeland Security) to obtain information about Antifa and white supremacist groups, he got more than he was looking for. Waldman received a mysterious file on “remote mind control,” which was apparently not “government material.” READ MORE