Florida growers said Tuesday the state's tomato industry is threatened with "complete collapse" because of concerns with a multistate salmonella food poisoning outbreak that has affected 150 people. McDonald's, Wal-Mart, and other US chains have halted the sale of certain tomatoes. Florida's $40 million crop could rot if the situation isn't resolved soon.
To deal with Midwest flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers said it would close a 250-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, between Fulton, Ill., and Clarksville, Mo., as soon as Thursday. By Monday, eight sites in central and southern Indiana reported water levels higher than a 1913 flood that was the area's worst deluge.
A "dead zone" off the Louisiana and Texas coasts could grow this summer to a record 10,084 square miles, scientists predicted Monday, based on nitrate levels in the Mississippi River. The excess nutrients spur algae growth, which leads to oxygen-depleted waters, threatening local fishing.