TERRORISM

Explosive seized in Paris raid: An explosive used in several recent bombings can be made from readily available ingredients, underlining the need for food executives and food defensive specialists to be constantly aware of potential threats. According to the Paris prosecutor’s office police have arrested four people including a teenage girl on suspicion of planning attacks in the country, reports CBS News. Three males, aged 20, 33, and 26, were taken into custody, along with a girl who only marked her 16th birthday in January. Police seized about 70 grams of TATP explosive, plus a liter each of acetone, hydrogen peroxide and sulphuric acid at the home of the 20-year. TATP can be made from readily available ingredients and was used in both the November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels, Belgium. READ MORE

Airports vulnerable to insider threats? The New York Post reports on increasing concern that America’s airports are vulnerable to “insider threats” by would-be “lone wolf” attackers with access to secure areas, according to a new report by the House Homeland Security Committee. Most of the 900,000 people who work at airports across the country can bypass normal security screening on a regular basis, according to the committee. Only three airports—Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta International—screen 100 percent of employees (and their baggage) before allowing them to enter the airport’s secure areas. Many of the rest rely on scattered random screening and credentialing, exposing worrisome “security flaws” that could be exploited in “‘lone wolf’ attacks being inspired by terrorist groups like ISIS,” says the report. READ MORE

PROCESS SECURITY

Loblaw expands organic baby food recall: Food Safety News reports that an undisclosed number of illnesses in Canada have been linked to PC Organics brand baby food, spurring Loblaw Companies Ltd. to expand its Feb. 3 recall to include 31 more products because of risk of botulism poisoning. READ MORE

MISCELLANEOUS

No news is good news on regulatory front: Federal food safety agencies were not planning on drafting much in the way of new regulations in 2017, which might turn out to be a lucky stroke, according to Food Safety News. The only new regulations now on the horizon that are remotely related to food safety will implement the GMO labeling scheme adopted by Congress this past year. It gives the U.S. Department of Agriculture until July 2018 to finish the job. That timing may be fortunate. READ MORE

Amazon ponders automated grocery store: Seattle-based Amazon has contemplated a two-story, automated grocery store in which a staff of robots on the floor upstairs grabs and bags items for shoppers below. The ground level of the futuristic prototype — a supermarket-sized version of its recently unveiled “Amazon Go” convenience store, with a bigger layout that could span anywhere between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet — would be devoted to goods that shoppers typically like to touch, sources briefed on the plans told the New York Post. READ MORE