First food safety law passed shortly afterwards: Unlabeled stimulants in soft drinks. Formaldehyde in meat and milk. Borax — the stuff used to kill ants! — used as a common food preservative. The American food industry was once a wild and dangerous place for the consumer. A 19th-century USDA chemist helped bring about change. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

Stealing trade secrets: National Fish and Seafood is suing rival Tampa Bay Fisheries and several of its employees for the alleged theft of trade secrets. At issue are files an NFS employee is alleged to have stored on a USB drive and then gave to the rival when she went to work for them. The alleged theft included  National Fish folders titled “FDA Labeling,” “Food Defense,” “FDA,” “High Risk Docs” and “Whole Foods,” the suit claims. READ MORE

Bill requires unique hardcoded passwords: The state of California recently passed a bill that requires the manufacturers of connected devices to use unique hardcoded passwords for each device manufactured. The bill, meant to combat the widespread use of weak passwords in connected devices such as Internet of Things (IoT) products, also demands that manufacturers implement a security feature in their devices to require users to select new means of authentication upon first use. READ MORE

Why Google didn’t export data breech until now: Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of the Google+ social network and then opted not to disclose the issue this past spring, in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage, according to people briefed on the incident and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

Kids get ‘pus bumps’: Every time it rains, black, untreated sewage, watery feces and wads of half-dissolved toilet paper gurgle from manholes and drains along the 2300 block of Superior Street, a residential neighborhood in Opa-locka. Yards become poop-filled moats around several homes. Sometimes the sewer even backs up on dry days, residents say. The city insists there is no problem. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Post hurricane, a plague of frogs: A population explosion of tens of thousands of frogs and toads has emerged on North Carolina’s coastal plain, leading to social media reports of frogs found hopping on kitchen counters, crawling in beds and even falling on people as they step outside. Blaming Hurricane Florence’s record-setting floods for this Biblical-style plague is justified but not entirely accurate, experts told the Charlotte Observer. READ MORE

And of mosquitos: The floodwaters that followed Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on September 14, have spawned thousands of mega-mosquitoes across the state, according to entomologists. These giants have zebra-striped legs and are two to three times as big as the normal bloodsuckers encountered during summer. READ MORE

Rare, polio-like illness spikes across country: Doctors are reporting a rare polio-like illness in children is once again spiking around the country. Acute Flaccid Myelitis is a spinal disease the can leave children with permanent paralysis. READ MORE

Mental health disorders on the rise: Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the world and could cost the global economy up to $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030 if a collective failure to respond is not addressed, according to an expert report on Tuesday. READ MORE

WEATHER EMERGENCIES

And now comes Hurricane Michael: Hurricane Michael is headed for a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 strike on the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend with a massive storm surge and over 100 mph winds possible not just near the coast, but also inland that could leave some areas without power for over a week. Read more HERE, HERE and HERE.