►The Los Angeles Police Department is offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to the capture of former police officer Christopher Dorner, who is suspected of killing three people, including another policeman's daughter. After a major manhunt to locate Dorner, the trail has gone cold. Around 50 police officers and their families are under protection over fears that they are on Dorner’s "hit list."
►Restaurants may soon be held accountable for when they ignore a person’s special request because of food allergies under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., settled with the Justice Department last month and after students complained about the lack of gluten-free foods on campus. The agreement says that severe food allergies could constitute a disability under the ADA.
According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data, nearly 130,000 people are hospitalized and 3,000 die annually from foodborne illnesses.
Technology advancements to help detect foodborne illnesses faster are making it harder to pinpoint the source of contamination.
Traditional tests required public health authorities to grow cultures of pathogens like e. coli and salmonella in a lab and send a sample of the colony to local, state, or federal officials who would test the samples, using DNA to identify specific strains.
►China is replacing the U.S. as the world’s biggest market for homeland security and public safety. According to two new reports released by Homeland Security Research Corp, China will become the biggest market in both by 2014.
The USDA says U.S. agriculture is in one of its most productive periods in American history--and it wants to keep it that way.
On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new rules to get aid to farmers faster to keep them in the game after physical and financial losses because of floods, wildfires, drought, and other natural disasters.
The summer months typically see an increased number of anthrax cases, so experts are warning livestock producers to be vigilant to reduce transmission to livestock and people.
The number of cases in a multi-state salmonella outbreak stands at 390, but could continue to rise for the next several months, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Cases have been reported in 27 states and the District of Columbia.