The eutrophication of this freshwater Lake is evident and caused by a dense bloom of green algae.

Oregon city first to require testing for algae: Last May for the first time in Oregon’s history, toxins from a nearby algae bloom made their way into a city’s tap water. The danger was limited — toxins were at low enough levels to pose a danger only to vulnerable populations, like children, pets, or nursing mothers. Now, Oregon is requiring public water suppliers to test for toxins from algae. As the climate warms, hazardous algae blooms are becoming more prevalent around the world. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

More than 200 tons of chicken recalled: Wayne Farms in Decatur, Ala., is recalling nearly 220 tons of of frozen, fully cooked chicken products after a customer complained about metal pieces in the chicken. After the customer complaint on July 27, the firm investigated and notified USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service of the findings on Sept. 4. The products were shipped to distributors, restaurants and further processing locations nationwide. READ MORE

Mystery meat: A large number of meat samples from England, Wales and Northern Ireland tested positive for being partly or wholly made up of unspecified meat, BBC reports. Out of the 665 results collected by the U.K. Food Standards Agency, 145 were from unspecified meat, BBC said. In fact, some meat contained DNA from as many as four different animals, while others contained no trace of the meat that appeared on the product’s label. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

Promise, and peril: Connectivity through the Internet has yielded businesses everywhere tremendous productivity and profitability opportunities. The hitch is great vulnerability to cyberattacks, with 100 million significant security breaches expected this year. READ MORE

Charges in ransomware attack: The Justice Department announced charges Thursday against a North Korean national who U.S. authorities have accused of being behind the massive hack of Sony in 2014 and the Wannacry ransomware attack last year. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Flight quarantined: An Emirates airline flight from Dubai to New York’s JFK Airport was quarantined upon arrival for part of Wednesday morning. According to a press conference Wednesday evening, New York City’s acting Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said 10 people — three passengers, seven crew members — were hospitalized, though 106 initially complained about symptoms. READ MORE

Are germ-eating microbes the answer? Here’s a bold idea to fight back against bacteria that can’t be stopped by antibiotics: Go after them with germ-eating microbes. That reasoning lies behind an intriguing line of research that might also be put to use in the event of a germ-warfare attack. READ MORE

‘High level of E. coli and Staphylococcus’: Global travel agency Thomas Cook commissioned an independent hygiene specialist and air quality specialist to conduct a series of tests at an Egyptian hotel where two British tourists died. The company said that food and hygiene standards tests identified a high level of E. coli and Staphylococcus bacteria at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Fewer people were food insecure last year: An estimated 15 million U.S. households—or 11.8 percent—were food insecure last year, down from 12.3 percent in 2016, a new USDA report said. The latest data show a continued decline from a high of 14.9 percent in 2011, but is still above the pre-recession level of 11.1 percent in 2007. READ MORE

But do SNAP cuts pose a threat? In the Farm Bill passed by the House and currently under debate in a conference committee proposes major changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). A new analysis of the House’s proposal finds that tightened eligibility restrictions would reduce the ranks of SNAP recipients by some two million people. Proposed changes could neutralize the ability of federal programs to help fight hunger, just after the country celebrated advances in food security. READ MORE

HUMANITARIAN CRISES

A refugee crisis in South America: As Venezuela’s great experiment with “Bolivarian” socialism implodes, it is creating a humanitarian and refugee crisis comparable to Europe in 2015. Traveling by bus, boat, and even on foot through treacherous terrain, around one million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia alone, and another two million are estimated to be in other, mostly neighboring, countries. READ MORE

The worst may be yet to comeSyrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, are surrounding the city of Idlib, in northwest Syria, preparing for an onslaught against the last major rebel-held area. The city’s population is three million, and the onslaught could displace hundreds of thousands of people who have no place to go. READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

Another California wildfire: Fire officials say a wildfire roaring through timber and brush on both sides of a Northern California highway tripled in size overnight, prompting mandatory evacuations. The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday the blaze burning along Interstate 5 near Redding had grown to 23 square miles. It was eight square miles on Wednesday. READ MORE