Study says chips in ID tags are vulnerable to viruses
Scientists affiliated with Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam have demonstrated that it is possible to insert a software virus into RFID tags. Their paper describes how the vulnerability could be used to undermine a variety of tracking systems.
Studies fail to quell concerns over gas treatment of meat
A bitter regulatory battle over the safety of a packaging system that can keep meat looking fresh long past its shelf life is escalating, amid complaints that the industry misinterpreted recent research reports to bolster its case. At issue is the growing practice of spiking sealed packages of meat with small doses of carbon monoxide. The gas is harmless at the concentrations being used, but it can keep meat looking bright red and fresh even as it spoils.
Restaurant sales slide sharply; casual dining hit hard
Sharp same-store sales declines among some of the biggest players in the $331 billion restaurant industry have analysts and marketers worrying whether the slide is a long-term trend or a short-term hit due to less disposable income. In either case, casual-dining chains and independents are the biggest losers.