But good news for smaller competitors: Large consumer goods brands lost market share to small competitors from 2011 to 2016 for the first time in 50 years, and that’s bad news for the likes of General Mills, Campbell’s Soup, Hershey’s and Pepsi. READ MORE


Resistant E. coli showing up in China: A team of investigators has isolated colistin-resistant Escherichia coli from a commercial poultry farm in China. Colistin is an antibiotic of last resort against certain bacteria. READ MORE


Salmonella outbreak linked to Georgia caterer: County health officials continue to investigate a Salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia caterer who provided food for recent events. At least 70 people reported becoming ill after the events, with at least four admitted to hospitals. The Plain Nuts Catering & Deli of Covington, Ga., closed voluntarily, according to the Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale county health departments. READ MORE

The health benefits of an egg a day: People who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don’t eat eggs at all, a large Chinese study suggests. Compared to people who never ate eggs, individuals who ate an average of 0.76 eggs per day were 11 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases and 18 percent less likely to die from these conditions, the study found. READ MORE


Starbucks clarifies position: Starbucks attempted to clarify its newly announced open door policy Monday by explaining that certain forms of behavior will not be tolerated, placing constraints on its previous vow to make its cafes available to everyone regardless of whether they make a purchase. The Seattle based coffee retailer addressed complaints that its locations would become defacto homeless shelters Monday, telling the Wall Street Journal that guests are prohibited from drinking, using drugs, sleeping, smoking and using bathrooms improperly. READ MORE


Too much cleanliness may trigger childhood leukemia: Keeping children cocooned in ultra-clean homes away from other youngsters could trigger childhood leukemia, a landmark study suggests. An analysis of 30 years of studies about the disease by Britain’s leading leukemia expert has concluded that a deadly chain of events is set in motion when susceptible children are not exposed to enough bugs to prime their immune system at an early age. READ MORE


When the government and the drug cartel are the same: In Latin America, criminal entrepreneurs in the form of cartels have traditionally run drug trafficking. In Venezuela, it is managed from within government, and this article argues that if Nicolás Maduro were to win another term in office (he did), Venezuela’s position in the global cocaine business would solidify. READ MORE

Is Venezuela a ‘mafia state’? There is no universally accepted definition of what constitutes a “mafia state.” This article presents seven arguments as to why Venezuela may qualify as a mafia state, and what the implications are of this troubled Andean nation as a regional crime hub. READ MORE


A bus ticket out of Venezuela: For Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the easy part was winning a presidential race where the main opposition candidates were barred, their supporters boycotted the vote, and his government controlled every aspect of the contest, including counting votes. Now comes the hard part: pulling the country out of economic chaos. For Betsabeth Casique, enough is enough. She saved for eight months for bus tickets out of Venezuela for herself and her three children. When Maduro won re-election, Casique decided to leave, headed for Cucuta, Colombia. Read more HERE and HERE

South African farmers seek humanitarian visas: More than 200 farmers from South Africa have applied for humanitarian visas in Australia after allegedly suffering attacks for being white, according to the Australian Home Affairs Ministry. President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to hand the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to black citizens without compensation. South Africa’s 50 million citizens are predominantly black, but 72 percent of farmland reportedly belongs to whites. A state-sanctioned purge of white farmers in Zimbabwe in 1999-2000 plunged the country into famine. READ MORE