‘Can’t rule out possibility’: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a warning raising concern about the vulnerability of the U.S. food and beverage supply chains. In a bulletin to police, fire, EMS, and security personnel, DHS said it could not rule out the possibility of violent extremists or disgruntled insiders attempting to adulterate or poison U.S. foods or beverages. Adulteration could be achieved with “commonly available toxic industrial chemicals or crude biological toxins.” The agency urged authorities to double down on food security in the U.S., citing an incident earlier this year when a South African farmworker dumped an herbicide into a milk storage tank. READ MORE

Agro-terrorism bill on President’s desk: President Donald J. Trump is shortly expected to sign H.R. 1238, also called the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act,” to coordinate efforts to defend U.S. food, agriculture and veterinary systems against terrorism. Congress sent the bill to the White House for the President’s consideration on June 27. READ MORE

THREAT INTELLIGENCE

Bomb scare in Berlin: A McDonald’s restaurant in Berlin, Germany, was evacuated in a bomb scare today after a gas bottle with a ‘detonator’ was reportedly found. Customers were forced to leave the fast food premises as police rushed to the scene after the object was discovered this morning. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Ewwww: To the question, “Would you like anything else with that?” no one answers “fecal bacteria.” Unfortunately, it may be accompanying orders of iced coffee drinks at three coffee chains in the UK anyways, according to a recent BBC investigation. The presence of fecal bacteria — which can cause diarrhea if ingested — could be a sign that there are nastier, pathogenic germs also present, said Philip Tierno, a microbiologist at New York University. It also suggests workers at the chains are not keeping themselves clean and that they “have dirty bare hands,” he said. READ MORE

EMPLOYEE SAFETY

Broken ice cream machine provokes attack: Three customers who were upset that the McDonald’s ice cream machine was down for maintenance charged behind the counter and attacked an employee, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred after they saw another customer with ice cream and started arguing with an employee. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Snake bites on the increase: Meg Trammell, age 11, had just eaten supper after her first day of school at Advent Episcopal School in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. She went out with her mother to walk the dogs, When she got to the bottom of the front steps of the house, she felt a sting—like a bee sting—on her toe. Turns out that she had been bitten by a copperhead. She’s just one of 7,000 to 8,000 people bitten by venomous snakes every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About five of them die. READ MORE

AUTOMATION

But can you bend their ear? Two robots walk into a bar. Well, OK, maybe they don’t walk, but they can pour you a perfect drink. Tipsy Robot, a 2,500-square-foot bar to open Friday at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, boasts two robotic bartenders ready to make your favorite concoction any way you like. READ MORE

Pizza-making robots: A great pizza dough flipper probably can’t turn out one perfectly shaped pizza dough every nine seconds, but one California company’s robotic pizza dough press can make a great pie at that whiplash-inducing rate. Silicon Valley start-up Zume Pizza has nearly fully automated the process of making fresh, made-to-order pizza — and it’s streamlined the delivery process, too. READ MORE