Chicken recall results in felony charges: A recent case of employee sabotage cost a Minnesota company $202,746 because the contamination resulted in the recall of some 55,608 pounds of chicken that had been distributed primarily to foodservice and institutional outlets. Faye Slye, 36, is facing felony charges for allegedly using dirt to contaminate chicken while working at a Gold’n Plump processing plant in Cold Spring, Minn. The incident occurred in June, shortly before the plant’s owner recalled some 27 tons of chicken for an “isolated product tampering incident” at the plant. Court documents allege Slye smuggled in sand and dirt from the parking lot. Another worker alerted authorities to dirty chicken in June. A second incident happened the next day.  READ MORE

Organic baby food recalled for botulism risk: Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling one flavor of PC Organics baby food from retailers nationwide in Canada after a consumer complaint triggered an inspection that revealed the product could contain the toxin that causes botulism poisoning. READ MORE

Barbiturate in dog food sickens five pets: At least five dogs have been sickened and one has died after eating “Hunk of Beef” canned dog food manufactured by Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, Ill. A barbiturate, Pentobarbital, has been confirmed in one lot of the food, and the company is concerned people may still have unused cans in their homes. As a result, Evanger’s is recalling five lots of 12-ounce cans of “Hunk of Beef” dog food that have expiration dates of June 2020, according to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration website. READ MORE


So-called ‘lone wolves’ may receive extensive help: In a detailed and extensively researched report, the New York Times reports that terrorism planners in Syria and Iraq are using messaging apps to enable attacks across the world, right down to picking the targets and finding the guns. As officials around the world have faced a confusing barrage of attacks dedicated to the Islamic State, we are seeing the emergence of what counterterrorism experts are calling “enabled” or remote-controlled attacks: violence conceived and guided by operatives in areas controlled by the Islamic State whose only connection to the would-be attacker is the internet. In the most basic enabled attacks, Islamic State handlers act as confidants and coaches, coaxing recruits to embrace violence. In a complex plot described in the article, the terrorist group has reached deep into a country with strict gun laws to arrange for pistols and ammunition to be left in a bag swinging from the branches of a tree. READ MORE

Bombing in Pasadena: Pasadena Now reports that a man threw an explosive pyrotechnic device into the crowded Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Old Pasadena last week, sending panicky diners streaming out the exits but causing no injuries, police and witnesses said. Although the man’s motivation is still unclear, the incident illustrates the ease of a potential terror attack in a U.S. dining establishment or hotel. Police said the suspect, described as Hispanic or Middle Eastern in appearance, was dressed in black, wore a black beanie and had a “robust beard.” READ MORE


Autonomous hacking bots: The maxim of cybersecurity professionals has long been that adversaries have the advantage—the advantage of time, numerous lines of attack, and the need to find only one lapse in security. The Cipher Brief asks how the dawn of autonomous hacking will affect both cyber defenses and offensively orientated operations. Will artificially intelligent bots capable of learning on the fly better harden networks or will they act as devastating tools in the arsenal of nefarious actors? READ MORE


A black market for lettuce: Supermarkets in Great Britain are rationing salad and vegetables, which has led to the emergence of a new “black market” as experts urge shoppers to buy more seasonal British produce. The rationing and black market came about after the UK’s supply of salad and vegetables was decimated by storms across the Mediterranean, leaving supermarket shelves empty as they struggled to meet demand. READ MORE