“Superfood” joins the “Dirty Dozen:” The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce was recently released, catapulting kale to a place of infamy on the so-called “Dirty Dozen list, where it joined strawberries, spinach, nectarines and apples in the top five.  The “Dirty Dozen™,” as well as the “Clean Fifteen” lists, released annually and based on EWG’s analysis of data from the United States Department of Agriculture, characterizes pesticide residue present on non-organic produce after washing. The list provides consumers with a potential strategy to avoid ingestion of pesticide residue. READ MORE.

RESTAURANT SECURITY

Fast food worker kills man who spit on, threatened her: A fast food restaurant manager in Tulsa was arrested after she allegedly shot and killed a man who threatened her and spit on her, police say. READ MORE.

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

Robots picking apples at New Zealand orchard: Robotic harvesters are being used to carry out a commercial apple harvest in New Zealand, fruit grower T&G Global said Tuesday. The automated apple picking robots have been developed by Abundant Robotics, a California-based technology firm. T&G Global’s parent company, BayWa AG, invested in Abundant Robotics in 2017. The robots are being used at orchards in the Hawkes Bay area on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. READ MORE.

McDonalds to use AI to tweak drive-thru menus: When you roll up to a McDonald’s drive-thru in the near future, you might notice the menu changing while you’re ordering to persuade you to buy a few more items. The fast food giant is buying machine learning startup Dynamic Yield for a reported $300 million, and the first stop for the company’s AI is the drive-thru window. READ MORE.

PUBLIC HEALTH

NY county bans unvaccinated children from public spaces: Rockland County has declared a state of emergency and banned children who are unvaccinated against the measles from public places after a local outbreak entered its 26th week — the longest since the disease was eradicated in the United States in 2000, according to officials in the New York. READ MORE.

Bacteria can travel thousands of miles through the air: A new study is providing evidence that bacteria can fly thousands of miles through the air without depending on people and animals for transport. According to the experts, their new “air bridge” theory may explain how harmful bacteria have the same antibiotic resistance genes in common. READ MORE.

Ebola outbreak in Congo reaches 1,000 cases, 600 killed: THE EBOLA epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has surpassed 1,000 cases, the Health Ministry has confirmed, adding the outbreak had already killed more than 600 people. READ MORE.