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JBS USA

17.7 tons of beef, mostly Kroger brand, recalled for plastic bits

JBS USA Inc. Wednesday recalled approximately almost 35,500 pounds of raw ground beef products from its Lenoir, NC, after a report of extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). A consumer found blue, hard plastic pieces in the product JBS made for Kroger and complained about, leading… Continue Reading

JBS recalls beef stew products made in Cactus, TX

On Christmas Eve,  HEB grocery stores in San Antonio opened boxes of multi-vac packages of stew meat only to find them contaminated with pieces of plastic and metal.  HEB pulled all the stew meat from its shelves in all stores and to be sure locked any sales out of its registers. On Tuesday, the day… Continue Reading

Batista bribery saga may end with reorganization of JBS assets

As chief operating officer of JBS SA, Gilberto Tomazoni is second only to 84-year old founder Jose Batista Sobrinho at the world’s largest meatpacking company. The patriarch of the billionaire dynasty returned to JBS after Brazilian police jailed his sons Wesley and Joesley Batista for insider trading. The embattled JBS Board named Tomazoni as COO,… Continue Reading

JBS USA names its own outside advisory board

Former House Speaker John Boehner, former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt and two former corporate officials have agreed to serve on a new independent advisory board for JBS USA. Serving with Boehner and Pitt are Greg Heckman, former president and chief executive officer of The Gavilon Group; and Dimitri Panayotopoulos, Procter & Gamble’s… Continue Reading

JBS taps Almanza to lead its food safety program worldwide

The mega-meat company JBS, racked recently by involvement in Brazil’s development bank and inspection bribery scandals that cost its top shareholders billions, is turning to a freshly retired U.S. food safety official to regain public confidence. Alfred “Al” Almanza, who Monday retired as USDA’s top food safety official, has moved over to the private sector as global head of… Continue Reading

Shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging prompt beef recall

JBS USA Inc. has recalled 4,922 pounds of ground beef products produced at its Lenoir, NC, facility because they may be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The ground chuck beef items were produced on July 15.  Subject to recall are: 2-pound black Styrofoam plastic… Continue Reading

U.S. stops imports of Brazilian beef for food safety concerns

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended imports of all fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring food safety problems documented since March, when the agency began inspecting 100 percent of all meat from the South American country. During his confirmation hearing 12 weeks ago, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he thought an embargo against… Continue Reading

U.S. cattlemen see opportunity to reopen JBS anti-trust issue

Some U.S. cattle ranchers are seeing an opportunity in the way JBS Corp. has gotten itself tied up in Brazil’s political scandal. JBS USA is the wholly owned subsdiary of JBS S.A., the Brazilian corporation that is the world’s largest fresh beef and pork processor with sales of $52.3 billion in 2016, The cattlemen are… Continue Reading