North Carolina is major producer of poultry and hogs: Hurricane Florence’s potential for destruction includes increased risks for the environment and public health, as torrential rains could overwhelm the pits where toxic waste from power plants is stored. Animal-manure lagoons are also at risk of flooding. The state is a major producer of poultry and hogs, and manmade lagoons that hold manure could overflow into fields and nearby waterways. Read more HERE, HERE, and HERE, and see the hurricane’s track HERE.
Free-range eggs recalled for Salmonella: An Alabama farm, Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, has recalled its large cage-free eggs after the CDC linked them to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. Recalled eggs were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Fourteen people, mostly in Tennessee, have gotten sick, with two hospitalized. Read more HERE and HERE.
Marijuana products failing tests: Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks. The testing has been especially tough on cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures, with about one-third blocked from store shelves. In much smaller numbers, testing companies licensed by the state are finding unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control. READ MORE
Insects will pose greater threat: Scientists have already warned that climate change likely will impact the food we grow. From rising global temperatures to more frequent “extreme” weather events like droughts and floods, climate change is expected to negatively affect our ability to produce food. But new research is showing that climate change is expected to accelerate rates of crop loss due to insects. READ MORE
Satellite has eyes for ewe: French spacetech startup Kinéis says it will vastly expand the reach of satellites that track livestock and wildlife animals — from about 20,000 tracking devices at present to more than a million over the next 10 years. READ MORE
Get ready for flu season: Summer may still be lingering, but federal health officials are already urging people to start prepping for another potentially nasty flu season after last year’s particularly deadly season, which saw some 700,000 people hospitalized with influenza. READ MORE
Child suicides soaring: Suicide in elementary school-aged children remains rare, but medical professionals and researchers have noted alarming increases in the last decade. Child deaths more than doubled from 2008 to 2016, and and rising numbers of young children are visiting emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts. READ MORE
Rare monkeypox reported in England: Two people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in the United Kingdom within the last week, health officials have said. A resident of Nigeria staying at a naval base in Cornwall was diagnosed last week, and a second patient had recently traveled to Nigeria. There is “no U.K .link” between the two patients, Public Health England said. READ MORE
Hardship breeds apathy in Brazil: Years of recession, rising crime, and corporate and political scandal are pushing infuriated Brazilians into apathy or toward extremists. The latest results from the polling company Ibope show 28 percent of voters are undecided or plan to void their ballots. READ MORE
Baby formula out of reach: In Venezuela, baby formula has become so expensive for families that some mothers have begun turning to other women for breast milk donations or even to nurse the babies directly. A medium-size can of imported baby formula costs 3,300 bolívares, or about $33 at the black market exchange rate. READ MORE
South African murder rate increasing: South Africa’s murder rate rose again last year, official statistics showed Tuesday, with over 20,000 killed across the country — about 57 a day — as police admitted they were struggling to keep control. A total of 20,336 people were killed in the 12 months to March this year, up from 19,016 the previous year. READ MORE