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The concern is Salmonella: Following an expanded recall issued this week, JBS Tolleson Inc. has now recalled about more than 6,000 tons of non-intact raw beef products over concerns of contamination by Salmonella Newport. The initial recall of nearly 7 million pounds of raw beef products occurred just two months ago, and this week’s Class I recall affects an additional 5,156,076 pounds. According to the CDC, there are currently 246 reported Salmonella Newport illnesses across 25 states, with 59 hospitalizations. Most the beef in the current recall was sold at Kroger’s. Read more HERE and HERE.

FOOD SAFETY

Oops! Preschoolers got Pine-Sol instead of juice: A teaching assistant at a preschool in Hawaii accidentally gave children Pine-Sol cleaning fluid instead of apple juice, health officials said, adding that fortunately, nobody got sick. Paramedics responded to the Preschool in Honolulu on Tuesday morning and evaluated three girls between the ages of 4 and 5. None experienced illness or trauma. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Fishermen’s group sues over climate change: In an unusual and sweeping lawsuit, Pacific fishermen are taking the fossil fuel industry to court. In a suit filed Nov. 14, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA), a large coalition of fishermen on the West Coast, seeks damages from 30 fossil fuel corporations. They claim climate change, resulting from the sale and use of fossil fuels, has severely damaged their livelihoods and communities. The PCFFA is specifically concerned about crab fishing in the Pacific for species like the prized dungeness crab. READ MORE

WATER SAFETY

Clean Water Rule reinstated: A federal judge in Washington on Monday reinstated the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule nationwide, a ruling that conflicts with other federal court orders that bar enforcing the rule in most states, including Idaho. Western Washington District Judge John Coughenour wrote that the Trump administration made a serious procedural error by shelving the rule and going back to the pre-2015 definition of Waters of the United States. READ MORE

ANIMAL HEALTH

U.S. pork producers watch spread of African Swine Fever: As African Swine Fever (ASF)  has spread through China’s hog operations, the disease that was first seen in smaller operations has spread to larger ones, according to an assessment by Iowa State University. American pork producers are watching the progress of the disease closely, as U.S. pork exports would be devastated if ASF spread to the U.S. On the other hand, ASF may create a pork shortage in China, boosting demand for imported pork. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

Marriott faces lawsuits over data breach: Marriott International Inc. has been hit with at least a dozen putative class actions in U.S. federal and Canadian courts by customers who said their privacy was violated by a massive data breach affecting 500 million guests and by a shareholder who alleged the company falsely inflated its cybersecurity bona fides. READ MORE

THE FUTURE

The robots are coming: Robots are coming to a Walmart Inc. near you, and not just as a gimmick. The world’s largest retailer is rolling out 360 autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in some of its stores in the U.S. by the end of the January, it said in a joint statement with Brain Corp., which makes the machines. READ MORE

Genetic engineering: How do you detect submarines in an expanse as large as the ocean? The U.S. military hopes that common marine microorganisms might be genetically engineered into living tripwires to signal the passage of enemy subs, underwater vessels, or even divers. READ MORE

Online retailing: Consumers are fickle creatures and abandon brands for any number of reasons, from late deliveries to damaged merchandise. Aware that one bad experience can turn a shopper against them forever, online retailers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve service and keep customers loyal. READ MORE

HUMANITARIAN CRISES

Old homeless meet new homeless after Camp Fire: Even before the first flames of the Camp Fire ignited, there was already a state of emergency in the wooded hills and farmlands north of Sacramento. The homeless situation in parts of Butte County was so bad that the county formally declared a crisis in October in order to secure millions of dollars in state aid. And then came the fire, destroying nearly 14,000 residences and adding an entirely new population of tens of thousands of people to California’s long-entrenched homeless crisis. READ MORE

JUST INTERESTING

The future of canned tuna: Canned tuna, a lunchbox staple from the 20th century, is fighting to keep its spot in American cupboards. One of the problems is that a lot of millennial don’t even own can openers.  Century-old tuna companies like StarKist Co., Bumble Bee Foods and Chicken of the Sea are trying to reboot. READ MORE