Belgian Shepherd is this company’s worthy ally: Man’s best friend is proving to be a worthy ally in the fight against a tough greenhouse pest. Leamington, Ontario-based NatureFresh Farms is using a female Belgian Shepherd named Chili to help detect the presence of pepper weevils at the company’s greenhouses. Pepper weevils cannot be seen by the human eye, which makes it a tough bug to contain with an integrated pest management program, according to a news release. No beneficial bugs are strong enough to combat the pest, and sprays only irritate it and push it to reproduce more, according to the release. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

South Korean investigators raid McDonald’s offices: South Korean investigators raided the Seoul office of McDonald’s Corp. on Wednesday, following a series of complaints that children fell ill after eating hamburger patties alleged to have been undercooked, Yonhap News Agency and other media said. In July, a consumer filed a complaint against the U.S. firm, saying her 4-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, often referred to as hamburger disease, after suffering irreversible kidney damage following the consumption of a McDonald’s hamburger last year, Yonhap said. In August, consumers at a McDonald’s in the southwestern city of Jeonju reported stomach aches and high fever after eating bulgogi burgers. The chain temporarily halted sales of the burgers, launched in 1997, to determine the cause. READ MORE

Chili, soup recall: Kenosha, Wisc.-based Roundy’s Supermarkets is recalling more than 16 thousand pounds of chili and soup products that may be contaminated with hard plastic fragments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this week. The chili and soup products were shipped to retail locations in Illinois and Wisconsin to be prepared for sale to consumers in the soup-bar area. On Oct. 16, Roundy’s Supermarkets was notified by a member of the firm’s food safety team that plastic foreign material had been discovered in a bag of Meat and Bean Soup in Tomato Base. READ MORE

Organic tarragon recalled because of contamination: Organic Spices Inc., doing business as Spicely Organics, is recalling Organic Tarragon because of possible Salmonella contamination. The product was distributed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. According to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, the recalled Organic Tarragon was sold to customers through retail stores and online. The FDA discovered the possible contamination through routine sampling. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Hepatitis A outbreak claims another victim: San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak added another death Tuesday, pushing the total to 19 as the number of confirmed cases passed 500. Updated numbers released by the county Health and Human Services Agency come as a massive effort around vaccination, sanitation and public education continues to try and stop the largest surge of the viral disease since the vaccine for hepatitis A was approved in the late 1990s. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

U.K. facing food security threat? United Kingdom is facing the “greatest threat” to the integrity of its food supply chain since World War II, according to a UK food security expert. Dr. Chris Elliott, speaking at a conference of food industry experts, a combination of factors, ranging from the UK’s exit from the European Union to global warming, mean the country’s food supply may be less secure than at any point in the last 70 years. READ MORE

CYBER SECURITY

Google offers more security for ‘high risk’ users: Google said this week it would offer stronger online security for “high risk” users who may be frequent targets of online attacks. The U.S. technology titan said anyone with a personal Google account could enroll in the new “advanced protection,” while noting that it will require users to “trade off a bit of convenience” for extra security. READ MORE