Raw beef on a butcher shop shelf.

Industry is reliant on exports, and tariffs have hurt: Surges in supplies and trade disputes are causing meat to pile up in U.S. cold-storage warehouses, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to federal data, the level of beef, pork, poultry and turkey being stockpiled is equaling out to be 2.5 billion pounds. The meat industry is reliant on exports at the same time Mexico and China have placed retaliatory tariffs on pork products and other goods. READ MORE

Weekly export data tracks pork slowdown: Weekly export data from USDA point to a slowdown in pork shipments to Mexico and the effective closing of the Chinese market to U.S. products in the wake of new tariffs, according to analysts writing in the Daily Livestock Report. Pork exports to China were reported as zero for the last two weeks and just 17 metric tons per week in June, the DLR said. Sales of fresh/frozen and cooked pork to China in the second half of last year were 155.4 million pounds, or 1.2 percent of total U.S. pork production. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Milk allergy kills Dublin boy: A 10-year-old boy died from an allergic reaction to a McDonald’s meal he was given as a treat, an Irish inquest heard. Maleek Lawal fell ill after eating a Peri Peri chicken wrap from a restaurant in Dublin. Maleek had previously been diagnosed with allergies to milk, eggs and seafood. He suffered anaphylactic shock from eating the wrap, which contained milk. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Do we inhale drug-resistant bacteria? Some two million people in the U.S. are thought to become infected with drug-resistant bacteria every year, and they could be inhaling them from the air.  Antibiotic-resistant genes (ARGs) are able to move between different bacteria and also from bacteria into the environment, experts say. And according to the American Chemical Society, scientists have found the airborne genes in farms and parks in America. READ MORE

Protecting yourself from ticks: As pests go, ticks score bonus points on the fear chart for being bloodsuckers, tucking themselves behind ears or ducking under armpits.,But unlike most spiders and other crawlies in the woods, these eight-legged parasites pose real danger, even death in rare cases. In 2013, for example, 6-year-old Emilee Russell from North Carolina died of Rocky Mountain spotted fever — the result of a tick bite. READ MORE

Backyard flocks continue to contribute to Salmonella outbreak: Live poultry in backyard flocks are linked to several multistate outbreaks of salmonella infections that have now sickened 212 people in 44 states, federal health officials warned Monday. A total of 88 cases were reported in the last month, the CDC said in an advisory. The federal agency is working with multiple states in investigating several outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

Twitter removes malicious apps: Twitter said Tuesday it had removed more than 143,000 apps from the messaging service since April in a fresh crackdown on “malicious” activity from automated accounts. The San Francisco-based social network said it was tightening access to its application programming interfaces (APIs) that allows developers to make automated Twitter posts. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

High salt concentrations impact New England waterways: University of New Hampshire researchers estimate that more than 10 percent of streams in the Merrimack River watershed, which covers areas of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, are impacted by high chloride concentrations as a result of road salt applied during winter. Salt concentrations can be highest in the summer, raising concerns about harm to freshwater plants, invertebrates, amphibians, and fish. READ MORE

Flint water toll may be higher: The death toll in Flint, Michigan, from contaminated water may be much higher than state health officials have acknowledged, an ongoing FRONTLINE investigation has found. The likely killer: Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacteria. READ MORE

SECURITY

Trader Joe’s victim shot by police: A supermarket worker was killed by a bullet fired by Los Angeles police — not the gunman they were trying to stop — the city’s police chief acknowledged Tuesday, defending the decision to use deadly force as an attempt to stop what officers feared could become a mass shooting. READ MORE

WEATHER EMERGENCIES

Greek fire deaths climb: The death toll from a fire which ripped through a Greek coastal town stood at 80 on Wednesday, with dozens of people unaccounted for, as Greece reeled from the horror of victims being burnt alive. Hundreds of people were trapped in the eastern resort of Mati on Monday night as flames whipped around them. Many jumped into the sea to survive, but others died from suffocation either in their cars, or trapped on the edge of steep cliffs. READ MORE

Weather satellite may not be fixable: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s newest weather satellite—part of the $11 billion Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite constellation set to operate for the next 20 years—is broken and officials still aren’t sure what’s wrong or how to fix it. Launched in March, the GOES-17 satellite was set to monitor weather events and natural disasters such as wildfires or volcanic eruptions in the western half of the United States, but officials identified cooling issues with the satellite’s primary instrument in May. READ MORE

ANIMAL HEALTH

Man bites dog: With the sizzling heat upon the country, North Koreans are serving up bowl after bowl of the season’s biggest culinary attraction: spicy dog meat soup. Euphemistically known as “dangogi,” or sweet meat, dog has long been believed to be a stamina food in North and South Korea and is traditionally eaten during the hottest time of the year, giving a sad twist to old saying “dog days of summer.” READ MORE