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Intel Briefing – October 2012

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Whole Foods Market recalls cheese in 21 states and Washington, D.C. because of possible health risk.
Whole Foods Market announced that it is recalling ricotta salata sold in 21 States and Washington, D.C., that came from its supplier Forever Cheese Inc. of Long Island City, New York. Forever Cheese recalled this cheese product because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported September 12. Fourteen illnesses have been reported that may be associated with the Frescolina recall.

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Counterfeit bills from South America flooding US.
Counterfeit money smuggled into the United States from Peru is continuing to find its way to Georgia, the Associated Press reported September 10. The bills are being smuggled from South America a year after authorities broke up a ring that flooded the Athens, Georgia area with the fake money, the Athens Banner- Herald reported. Details of the South American counterfeiting scheme were revealed when a man pleaded guilty the week of September 3 in court in Athens on a charge of possession of counterfeit currency. Peru has become the world’s counterfeiting capital, the Banner-Herald reported. Peruvian counterfeiters produce about 17 percent of all fake currency circulating in the United States, authorities said.

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Electromagnetic pulse could knock out U.S. power grid.
U.S. power grids and other civilian infrastructure are not prepared for electromagnetic pulses (EMP) that could result from weapons or violent space weather, according to testimony at a Congressional subcommittee hearing September 12. Panelists at the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, told the Chairman there were serious flaws in the nation’s infrastructure that could allow for EMP events to shut down power and communications for extended periods. EMP disruptions and attacks can be triggered by various events, including high-altitude or low-altitude nuclear weapons detonations, locally based radio frequency weapons, and solar weather. One of the largest impacts from an EMP-based disruption was in Quebec, Canada in 1989, when nearly 6 million people lost power because of a geomagnetic storm.

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