Study predicts PBDEs in salmon: Persistent organic pollutants—or POPs—skulk around the environment threatening human health through direct contact, inhalation, and most commonly, eating contaminated food. As people are becoming more aware of their food’s origin, new research at the University of Pittsburgh suggests it might be just as important to pay attention to the origin of your food’s food. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Dairy farm slapped with injunction: A consent decree of permanent injunction has been entered against the Todd & Patty Meech Dairy Farm of Sebeka, Minn., and the farm’s owners, Todd Meech and Patty Meech, for introducing adulterated meat into interstate commerce and for failing to comply with federal requirements for administering drugs to food-producing animals. The consent decree prohibits the defendants from delivering animals and meat from the animals into the food supply, and from administering animal drugs to their animals, unless they meet certain requirements. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Tightie whities? Across North America, farmers are burying tighty-whities in their fields. Started by the Farmers Guild in California, the Soil Your Undies Challenge is a test designed to show the power and importance of healthy soil. Healthy soil contains all sorts of bacteria, earthworms, fungi, and other little organisms that like to eat organic matter, like, just for example, cotton underwear. In two months, underwear buried in healthy soil will be completely eaten through, leaving little but an elastic waistband. READ MORE

Hope for the future: Food security in 76 low-income and developing economies worldwide is expected to improve notably between 2018 and 2028, according to a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. The share of the food-insecure population is expected to fall to 10.4 percent in 10 years from 21.1 percent now, and the number of food-insecure people is projected to fall to 446 million from 782 million in the next decade. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

An unusual venue: In response to a survey sent out by health officials, at least 548 people reported gastrointestinal illness after visiting CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg, Tenn., since June 15. A total of 2,901 surveys were sent to people who booked zip line tours with the company; of the 808 who responded, 548 of them reported illness. Although the source of the illnesses hasn’t been determined, drinking well water served out of coolers placed along the zipline course was common denominator. Some of the water samples tested positive for E. coli. READ MORE

TERRORISM

Nerve agent sticks around: The nerve agent that killed a Wiltshire woman could last for 50 years if it remains in a container, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer has said. Neil Basu said no forensic link had been established between the Novichok that poisoned Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, and that which led to the collapse of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia – and it was possible a scientific link is never established, but it was implausible to think there was no connection between the two incidents. READ MORE

WEATHER EMERGENCIES

Soaring temps and no power: As temperatures rise in the blazing hot summer, wide areas in Iraq’s center and south grapple with an electricity crisis that sparked a wave of protests in Basra, Dhi Qar and Diyala, among others. During his visit to the Diyala province on July 9, the Iraqi prime minister said that the power cuts resulted from the electricity shortage plaguing Iran, which led it to cut off its power supply to Iraq. READ MORE

Postal worker found dead in 120-degree heat: A longtime U.S. Postal worker was found dead in her truck on Friday after delivering mail when temperatures reached nearly 120 degrees in Southern California, her family said. Peggy Frank, 63, was found unresponsive in her truck around 3 p.m. Friday in Woodland Hills, FOX11 reported. Paramedics arrived at the scene and pronounced the grandmother dead after several attempts to revive her. Read more HERE and HERE.