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USDA beefs up scrutiny of Brazilian beef amid bribery scandal

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None of the slaughter or processing facilities targeted by the Federal Police in Brazil have shipped meat products to the United States, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Nevertheless, FSIS immediately instituted additional pathogen testing of all shipments of raw and ready-to-eat beef products from Brazil once it heard a scandal was brewing…. Continue Reading

Federal police drop dragnet on Brazilian meat inspectors

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Brazil’s Federal Police last week were out to clean up some corruption in the country’s meatpacking industry in a big, but targeted way. Two major exporting companies, JBS and BRF, are being probed for possible payoffs to meat inspectors who are being accused of waiving food safety requirements. Brazil on March 17 deployed 1,100 police… Continue Reading

Reports of sick dogs trigger recalls by WellPet, Blue Buffalo

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Consumer complaints about sick pets have spurred nationwide recalls by WellPet LLC and Blue Buffalo Co. because of potentially excessive levels of beef thyroid hormone in their dog foods. Each company — WellPet LLC of Tewksbury, MA, and Blue Buffalo Co. of Wilton, CT — recalled specific production lots of one flavor of their canned… Continue Reading

4 tons of shaved beef contaminated with plastic recalled

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After receiving complaints from a retailer, Boston’s F.B. Packing Co. Inc. recalled  8,430 pounds of shaved beef products that may be contaminated with plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported Monday. The shaved steak items were produced on Dec. 21, 2016. The recalled products can be identified by the following… Continue Reading

Wyoming, South Dakota nix country-of-origin-labeling for beef

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Mandatory country-of-origin-labeling bills for beef and ground beef made it out of committees in Pierre and Cheyenne, but got no further in the farm and ranch friendly South Dakota and Wyoming Legislatures. Senate Bill 135 went down in the South Dakota Senate on Feb. 25. It would have required grocery stores in the Rushmore State… Continue Reading

Sedative in dog food; Evanger’s issues recall after dog dies

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At least five dogs have been sickened and one has died after eating Evanger’s “Hunk of Beef” canned food. A barbiturate, Pentobarbital, has been confirmed in one lot of the food and the company is concerned people may still have unused cans in their homes. Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL, is recalling… Continue Reading

USDA investment in research pays off with E. coli defenses

In the Nebraska laboratory of Rodney A. Moxley, intern Kenda Jackson examines blood agar plates while researching the effect of certain antibiotics on the detection of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in cattle. Jackson, a recent graduated from Tuskegee University in Alabama, was part of a team supported by a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant. Photo by Craig Chandler/University Communications

A $25 million research project that has already produced improved detection and eradication techniques for toxic E. coli is beginning its seventh year with the continued goal of reducing public health risks. Scientists and educators at 18 institutions have been working on the project, funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that… Continue Reading

Researchers in Scotland develop E. coli vaccine for cattle

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The two North American vaccines developed since 2010 to reduce the dangerous E. coli in cattle by as much as 98 percent are still in limited demand in the marketplace. But that has not stopped a Scottish group from developing a third vaccine for the same purpose. The Moredun and Roslin Institutes, along with Scotland’s Rural… Continue Reading

Beef recalled after feds see workers switch out inspection marks

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King Meat Services Inc. of Vernon, CA, is recalling more than 25 tons of beef after federal inspectors discovered its employees were removing inspection marks of original beef suppliers and replacing them with King Meat inspection marks. A notice, posted Monday evening by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, is a Class III recall,… Continue Reading

E. coli O26 detected in recalled Louisiana meat products

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Reserve-LA-based National Meat and Provisions late Friday recalled approximately 2,349 pounds of beef and veal products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The raw non-intact beef and veal items were produced and packaged on Sept. 14-15, 2016. The following products… Continue Reading