Third-party supplier’s recall ripples through supply chain: Portland, Ore.’s Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods Inc. is recalling some 916 pounds of its own branded ready-to-eat wraps and salads as well as Trader Joe’s salads because they include “a corn ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.” GHSE LLC in Green Cove Springs, Fla., is recalling some 738 pounds of salads packaged under the Walmart Marketside brand for the same reason. Sacramento’s GH Foods CA recalled about 940 pounds of salads, including those sold to Whole Foods under the 365 brand for—guess what?—contaminated corn. Let’s not forget Houston-based GHSW, which is recalling some 1,786 salads sold to both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. And then there is Lewisville, Texas-based Prime Deli Corp., which is recalling 217 pounds of salads sold at 7-11. Yes, they contained corn from a third-party supplier. What is more, Taylor Farms Northwest of Kent, Wash., is recalling some 276 pounds of  pork carnitas bowls that contain tomatillos that may be adulterated with the same pathogen. All the companies received notice about a third party supplier’s recall on the same day, and the list is likely to grow. There have been no confirmed reports of illness, and the supplier has not been identified. Read more HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE HERE and HERE.


So you thought ISIS was gone? A Chicago computer engineer was in federal court Friday afternoon after being charged with using social media to help ISIS recruit operatives, encourage people to carry out terrorist attacks and spread propaganda to support violent jihad. READ MORE

Yep, they’re ‘very elusive’: ISIS is proving to be a “very elusive enemy” in its remaining strongholds in Syria as forces on the ground battle against omnipresent booby traps and a network of jihadist tunnels, and in Iraq where jihadists are tampering with water supplies. READ MORE


Mad Cow Disease found in Scotland for first time in 10 years: Mad Cow Disease has been confirmed on a farm in Britain. Precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. An investigation has been launched to find the source of the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the first case in Scotland in 10 years. READ MORE

Study confirms risk of irrigating crops with wastewater: Urban farmers growing vegetables in Africa could accidentally be helping to spread disease by irrigating crops with wastewater, according to researchers. Earlier this year, a U.S. outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, which sickened 210 people and killed five, was traced to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz. The outbreak strain was found in water from open canals that run near romaine growing fields and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs or feedlots). READ MORE

U.S. Representative says it’s time to take action: Federal health officials announced yesterday that 92 people are confirmed infected in a new outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Infantis traced to raw chicken. A few hours later, Rep. Rosa DeLauro D-Conn, issued a statement telling industry, the USDA, and Congress that it’s past time to act. READ MORE


Indian cities poised to run out of groundwater: Delhi is set to become the world’s biggest city within the next decade, but it already faces crippling water shortages. How can it hope to support more inhabitants? A recent report by the government-sponsored think tank the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) warns that 21 Indian cities, including Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are poised to run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people. READ MORE


Are salmon farms adhering to sustainability criteria? A report by the NGO SeaChoice claims that salmon farms across the world are failing to stick to the criteria for sustainability laid down by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) despite the farms carrying the ASC’s eco-logo. READ MORE

Among milk industry’s challenges—people are drinking less milk: America’s dairy farmers face a growing list of challenges: The Trump administration’s trade wars have coincided with an extended period of already low milk prices. The strong dollar is driving down exports, and consolidation has led to farm closures all across the country. Most darkly, the long decline in American consumption of fluid milk, the dairy product that brings farmers the highest earnings, shows no sign of slowing. READ MORE

StarKist admits to price-fixing: StarKist Co. has agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, and the Department of Justice said the company faces a fine of up to $100 million. Prosecutors allege that the industry’s top three companies conspired between 2010 and 2013 to keep prices artificially high. READ MORE


Measles outbreak in New York: A measles outbreak that began when a child went on a trip to Israel now includes six cases in Brooklyn and 11 cases in Rockland County, both in New York state. Israel is currently suffering from a large measles outbreak. READ MORE


A Cesar Chavez for West Texas: Carlos Marentes works to protect the rights of El Paso area chili workers—and literally provides a roof over their heads. Modern Farmer spoke to him about the border wall, the forgotten NAFTA-immigration connection and other insights from life near the border. READ MORE


Kids claim kangaroo meat made them sick: Some of the students at Potter-Dix High School and Junior High in western Nebraska claim to have fallen ill after consuming chili with kangaroo meat mixed with beef last week. The school’s head cook Kevin Frei said he added the kangaroo meat for its nutritional value and because it’s a lean cut. Frei reportedly was fired last week, although the meat is approved by USDA inspectors and was purchased from food and service provider Sysco. READ MORE