Have you heard of ‘credential stuffing’? Selling stolen personal data is a big business for hackers: Somewhere on the dark web, your e-mail address and a few passwords are probably for sale (hopefully, old ones). Cyber criminals buy troves of this information to try to login to websites where they can grab something valuable like cash, airline points, or merchandise like expensive cheese. Yes, cheese. READ MORE

FOOD SAFETY

Frozen veggie recall: The U.S. and Canada are among more than 100 countries potentially affected by a recall of frozen vegetables due to Listeria monocytogenes. An outbreak traced to the vegetables from Greenyard Frozen has sickened 47 people in five European countries. Nine people have died. READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Critical areas of ag research: Five critical areas of agricultural research — microbiomes, gene editing, data analysis, sensors and biosensors, and transdisciplinary collaborations — should be top priority to keep American kitchens stocked, according to a new report produced by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). READ MORE

Responsible gene editing: The Coalition for Responsible Gene Editing in Agriculture will provide communication materials and training this summer and fall to those researching, developing and communicating about gene editing in food and agriculture. READ MORE

Excess pork supplies on the horizon? The pork industry appears to be headed for a period of large losses in which excess pork supplies force prices below costs of production. In addition, demand will likely be weakened by reduced exports with tariffs in place on U.S. pork exports to China and Mexico. On a positive note, Chinese tariffs on U.S. grains and soybeans are helping to erode feed prices along with favorable growing season weather. READ MORE

Pigs, pigs, pigs: A conservative estimate for the total number of pigs in transport on any given day in the U.S. adds up to over one million. With numbers like that, it’s fair to say transportation is a significant element to consider within the hog industry. READ MORE

USDA offers aid to producers impacted by fires, hurricanes: Producers impacted by wildfires and hurricanes in 2017 are eligible for monetary assistance to rebuild and recover on their farms through the USDA. A program known as 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) opened for signup on July 16, 2018, after being officially announced by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The program signup ends on Nov. 16, 2018. READ MORE

FOOD INDUSTRY TECHNOLOGY

Fully automated dairies: More fully automated rotaries are making their way onto U.S. dairies with four more units being installed by the end of 2018. An estimated 2 percent of U.S. cows are currently milked using robots (in rotary or box style configurations), and one expert predicts that in the next four to seven years that total will climb to 30-40 percent of cows that could be milked robotically. READ MORE

TARIFFS

Are there enough Chinese goods to tax? The United States could soon run out of Chinese goods to tax if a trade war continues to escalate. On Tuesday, it released a 195-page list of Chinese exports worth $200 billion facing a 10 percent tariff. The move came after China retaliated Friday against U.S. tariffs on $34 billion worth of goods by taxing American exports to the same value. U.S. tariffs on a further $16 billion of Chinese exports are coming soon, taking the total under threat to $250 billion. President Donald Trump has threatened to go much further — possibly targeting as much as $550 billion. READ MORE

More than 1,000 products will be more expensive: The cost of the new tariffs can be found in the roughly 1,300 individual products that have suddenly become more expensive. Here’s a list of some of the goods on the firing line. READ MORE

One commodity may benefit: There’s at least one commodity that may benefit from Donald Trump’s trade war with China: nitrogen fertilizer. Soybean prices have plummeted since May, and the collapse will probably prompt U.S. farmers to swap soybean acres in 2019 for corn, a crop that’s a heavy user of nitrogen fertilizer, said Jonas Oxgaard, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York. READ MORE

TERRORISM

Novichok perpetrators I.D.ed: The suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal have been identified by police, the British press is reporting. Several Russians are believed to have been involved in the attempted murder of the former double agent and daughter Yulia in Salisbury and are looking for more than one suspect. READ MORE

JUST INTERESTING

Straw ban started with 9-year-old: The origin of the movement to ban plastic straws may come as a surprise: It began with a 9-year-old boy named Milo Cress and his 2011 campaign, “Be Straw Free,” which launched to raise awareness about plastic waste. His big finding? Americans use more than 500 million drinking straws daily, enough to fill 125 school buses. That figure has been touted ever since. READ MORE

Starbucks, McDonald’s unite: As restaurants across the country are making headlines for banning plastic straws, big name companies are starting to follow suit with their own sustainability initiatives. Usually seen as competitors, Starbucks and McDonald’s are uniting to create a fully recyclable compostable cup, Fast Company reports. READ MORE

State supreme court upholds soda tax: Philadelphia’s tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld on Wednesday when the state’s highest court rejected a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry. The Supreme Court ruled the 1.5-cent-per-ounce (per 28 grams) levy is aimed at distributors and dealers and does not illegally duplicate another tax. READ MORE