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CYBER SECURITY

Malware harvested payment card details: Malware has harvested payment card details from some Chili’s restaurants, Brinker International, the company behind the restaurant chain announced on Friday. Brinker says it detected the malware on Friday, May 11, the same day it made the announcement. The company said it is still investigating the incident together with law enforcement and third-party forensic experts. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Next pandemic will be respiratory: They may not yet know its name but the next pathogen to cause a deadly global pandemic will most likely be a respiratory disease, spread by a virus that is contagious during incubation or when symptoms are only mild, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins’ Center for Health Security, United States (U.S.). They developed the outline as part of a framework to help scientists and policy makers prepare for the next emerging, catastrophic threat. Their report concludes that the culprit is less likely to be one of the headline-grabbing diseases that currently cause frightening outbreaks such as Ebola, carried in bodily fluids, or Zika, which is spread by mosquitoes. READ MORE

ANIMAL HEALTH

USDA may not meet own standards for animal care: USDA does not always meet its own standards for humane animal care at its 41 agricultural research labs, including the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Clay Center, Neb., according to a new report in the Washington Post. Referencing the agency’s own records, the Post said USDA inspectors documented 16 animal welfare violations at 10 USDA facilities during calendar 2017. READ MORE

Cyborg cows? Somewhere on a dairy farm in Wellsville, Utah, are three cyborg  cows, indistinguishable from the rest of the herd. Just like the other cows, they eat, drink, and chew their cud. Occasionally, they walk over to a big, spinning red-and-black brush, suspended at bovine back height, for a scratch. But while the rest of the cows just get their scratch and move on, these cows deliver data. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

CSPI says says ginkgo biloba often adulterated: The Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging consumers to avoid supplements made with ginkgo biloba, which are often adulterated and have largely been shown to be ineffective in improving memory and circulation. The nonprofit nutrition and food safety watchdog group is also calling on the Food and Drug Administration to use its enforcement authority to seize adulterated pills in the marketplace. READ MORE

Uptown Locavore shut down: Health inspectors have shut down a Minneapolis food seller because he was operating without a license, selling raw dairy products and uninspected meat, and refused to provide information on the origin of the products. The Uptown Locavore operation is “a year-round drop site” that sells food direct from farmers to consumers, according to the Uptown Locavore website. It is a members-only “buying club” and offers delivery service. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Growers concerned about pipeline: Two Georgia growers had prime ground turned upside-down by a natural gas pipeline trenched through their farmland. Compounding the growers’ frustration, the federal government is poised to allow contracted pipeline employees to conduct a soil investigation on the same farmland the pipeline company is accused of ruining. READ MORE

Farmer bankruptcies hurt communities: As farmers continue to struggle with low milk prices, many are being forced to go out of business causing the rural communities they are located in to suffer too. Wisconsin is leading the nation in farm bankruptcies, Wisconsin Public Radio reports. They say “the number of dairy farms in Wisconsin shrank by 500 last year – about 150 have called it quits so far this year.” READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

Explosion ‘not an accident’: An explosion that ripped through an Aliso Viejo day spa in suburban Orange County, Calif., on Tuesday, killing the business owner and injuring two customers, does not appear to have been the result of an accident, authorities said. At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, an FBI official said the explosion appears to have been caused by a device that was “not consistent” with the beauty business, Magyar Kozmetika. It wasn’t clear how the device came to be in the business, said Paul Delacourt, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles office. READ MORE