The recent food scares from China turned out to be all about lax laws and corporate greed, but now that our food supply is international, it’s vulnerable to terrorism. And Al Qaeda has just delivered another internet threat to the West.

As they work to protect the nation’s food supply from accidental contamination and intentional threats, food industry and homeland security experts alike are feeling the weight of the world. Researcher John T. Hoffman says, “You can?t buy a hamburger without touching the global system.” The food industry is becoming an increasingly complex global network of supply chains. Hoffman says that the recent pet food contamination involving melamine was a tremendous wake-up call regarding potential risks, and dealing outside the regulations of our own borders?especially with a major trading force like China.

On the ABC News website, Rhonda Schwartz reports that a new al Qaeda internet ad, headlined “Wait for the Big Surprise” shows a digitally altered photograph of President George Bush and Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf standing in front of a burning White House.

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