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Big 3 and Big Plants Leave Inhumane Handling Tracks Across FSIS’ Third Quarter


Inhumane treatment in the handling and/or slaughtering of animals was cited last quarter at three out of four large-volume plants where USDA meat inspectors started administrative actions, either now taken or pending, that often end with short suspensions. The nation’s top meat producers — Cargill Meat Solutions, JBS, and Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. — own… Continue Reading

Alberta Beef Plant Back at Full Capacity Following 2012 E. coli Outbreak


The beef processing plant in Alberta, Canada that was the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened 18 people in Canada last fall has returned to full capacity under new management. In September of 2012, XL Foods of Brooks, Alberta initiated a recall of beef products after a sample tested at the U.S. Canadian… Continue Reading

Tyson Still No. 1; JBS Almost Closed Gap and BPI Took a Hit

Meat & Poultry's top 100 rankings disclose industry performance


The trade press magazine Meat & Poultry has come out with its annual Top 100 rankings of the industry’s biggest companies. In doing the annual rankings, Meat & Poultry discloses the economic damage done to Dakota Dunes, SD-based Beef Products Inc. by last year’s media storm over the use of “lean finely textured beef” by… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed in E. coli Death; Defendants Include JBS, BPI and Tyson


JBS Swift, Tyson Fresh Meat, Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and several other companies have been blamed for the 2010 death of a Minnesota man due to E. coli poisoning in a lawsuit filed against the defendants on Jan. 8. Robert Danell, a 62-year-old man with Down Syndrome, died from medical complications days after falling ill… Continue Reading

JBS USA Will Complete XL Purchases in Canada on Monday


Colorado-based JBS USA will fire up its JBS Food Canada Inc. subsidiary Monday by closing the purchase of several XL Foods operations located north of the 48th parallel, including the troubled Lakeside beef processing plant in Brooks, Alberta. In the purchase, JBS Food Canada will acquire the 4,000-head-per-day beef packing plant at Brooks, XL’s 1,000-head-per-day… Continue Reading

Antitrust Review Sought for JBS Takeover of XL Beef Units


About 40 agricultural and consumer groups have asked the U.S. Justice Department for an expanded, in-depth antitrust review of the possible takeover of XL Four Star Beef Holdings in the United States by Greeley, CO-based JBS, USA. The request came in a Dec. 21 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Renata B. Hesse, the… Continue Reading

Kansas City Star Finishes Probing Series on US Beef Industry

Discusses tenderization risks, antibiotics in livestock


On Tuesday the Kansas City Star published the final installment of “Beef’s Raw Edges,” its three-day investigative series examining the current state of the U.S. beef industry. The project was spearheaded by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mike McGraw. The work follows a yearlong investigation during which The Star was given rare access to the processing plants of… Continue Reading

JBS Takes Over Suspended Brooks Plant; CFIA Prepares Recommendations


The biggest beef recall in Canada’s history was eclipsed within a few hours this week by a new management agreement shifting control and potentially the ownership of the troubled Brooks, Alberta plant to the world’s biggest beef company, JBS of Brazil. Brooks’ Mayor Martin Shields immediately said it was positive news that means the processing… Continue Reading