Since marijuana edibles are legal, are they safe?  As the first marijuana specialist for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment — and therefore the first marijuana specialist for a public health authority in the entire nation — she disposed of $28 million dollars of cannabis products in 2016 alone. Why? Because she found them out of compliance with her health department’s regulations and requirements. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Tainted eggs shipped abroad: At least nine countries have been caught up in the U.S. egg Salmonella outbreak, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said this week that eggs from Rose Acre Farms, the company at the center of the massive egg recall, were distributed to the United Arab Emirates, Haiti, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Aruba, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. READ MORE

Lawsuit seeks to prohibit flavorings: A coalition of health, consumer and environmental advocacy organizations has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit aimed at forcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to decide whether to prohibit seven cancer-causing artificial chemicals from use in food as flavors. These chemicals have been used in beverages, baked goods, candy, chewing gum, and ice cream. The seven chemicals, which are used to flavor a wide variety of processed foods, appear only as “artificial flavor” on food ingredient lists. READ MORE

Auburn receives gift for poultry center: Auburn University has received a $500,000 gift from D & F Equipment Sales Inc. of Crossville, Al., to support ongoing development of the Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center on its north campus. The gift will help fund construction of a state-of-the-art poultry research and educational processing plant that will facilitate efforts related to processing efficiency, animal welfare, food safety and quality, and value-added product development. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

Lawsuits against poultry producer allege water contamination: A multi-faceted legal assault against Mountaire Farms in Delaware is starting to heat up. Lawyers with Delaware-based Baird Mandalas Brockstedt LLC announced that they intend to sue the poultry producer and its Arkansas-based parent company, claiming the company contaminated groundwater sources near Millsboro and violated both the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, commonly known as RCRA, and the Clean Water Act. Last month, attorneys for Food & Water Watch, Public Justice and two other law firms filed their notice of intent to sue over the same issues. Read more HERE and HERE.

CYBER SECURITY

Twitter says ‘change passwords’: Twitter on Thursday asked its 330 million users to change their password on the service after a glitch exposed some passwords on the company’s internal network. Twitter had a user base of roughly 330 million monthly active users at the end of its 2017 fiscal year. The company did not say how many account passwords may have been exposed because of the glitch. READ MORE