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A period of unprecedented rain raised lakes to record high: After a period of unprecedented rain that raised area lakes up to record highs, residents of the Austin, Texas, area woke up on Monday to news of a city-wide water boil order. Flood waters had overwhelmed the city’s filtration system, and drinking water was deemed unsafe because of large amounts of silt and residues. The city also called for an immediate reduction of water consumption by 20 percent to avoid running out of water altogether. READ MORE

Could whey from camel milk have anti-cancer properties? Researchers in the United Arab Emirates say they saw enhanced anti-proliferative, anti-diabetic, and anti-inflammatory activities upon hydrolysis of camel whey proteins, indicating their potential utilization as bioactive and functional ingredients. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Listeria linked to cold-smoked salmon: A Listeria outbreak in three European countries linked to salmon has sickened 12 and killed four people. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warned it was “likely” that the extent of the outbreak has been underestimated since it was identified through sequencing and only a few EU countries routinely use this technique to characterize Listeria monocytogenes isolates. In August 2017, Denmark identified the first cluster of cases as being linked to ready-to-eat cold-smoked salmon processed in Poland by BK Salmon. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Spread of African Swine Fever in China could mean big changes: The spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China could accelerate the structural shift in Chinese pork production and boost the country’s import needs by early 2019, according to a new report from Rabobank. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Unusual strain of hand-foot-mouth disease hits college campuses: Hand-foot-mouth disease, notorious for closing down kindergartens and making small children cranky, is hitting college campuses. College students across the East are hunkered down in dorm rooms, waiting for the unsightly blisters that characterize the infection to clear from the faces and hands, university spokespeople said. Health officials say the unusual outbreaks are marked by a particularly nasty set of symptoms that include blisters on the genitals. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

China seeks to dominate IoT: China is aggressively seeking to dominate the Internet of Things and plans to use access to billions of networked electronic devices for intelligence-gathering, sabotage, and business purposes, according to a forthcoming congressional report. READ MORE

Spending on eating out growing: Spending on eating out (i.e., food service chains) has continued to grow. Recent industry data show restaurant sales are growing while customer traffic declines, resulting in higher average checks, according to MillerPulse figures cited by Bloomberg Intelligence. READ MORE

HUMANITARIAN CRISES

Rampant crime clears Caracas’ streets: Crime and a grinding economic crisis have turned the traditionally vibrant, teeming streets of Caracas into no man’s land once the sun goes down. Rampant crime—problem number one for Venezuelans until the economic crisis set in—that is the main cause of such sadly empty streets. NGOs say there were 26,000 violent deaths last year in Venezuela — 89 per 100,000 inhabitants, which is 15 times the global average. READ MORE