UPDATE: Aaron Lavallee, deputy assistant administrator in the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, today told Food Safety News there’s nothing new about beef hearts being permitted by the regulations in ground beef.

“There is no change to FSIS regulations,” Lavallee says. “Ground beef that consumers purchase every day…

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says John’s Butcher Shoppe in the St. Louis area will pay $50,000 to the state and submit to unannounced inspections by the Department of Agriculture as punishment for mislabeling product by selling cow hearts as ground beef. “Consumers must be able to trust that food products they purchase are what…