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USDA SETS GOAL FOR CATTLE TRACEABILITY

The USDA announced that in the 2019 Fiscal Year, they will start building the capability for the electronic sharing data for states, to track and identify livestock. The USDA hopes to slowly fade out bright or metal tags for identification, and focus on the cost of electronic I.D. (Brownfield)

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CARGILL RECALLS BEEF AFTER E. COLI OUTBREAK

For the second month in a row, Cargill has recalled 132,000 pounds of beef due to a possible E. coli contamination. The beef surrounding the recall was produced and packaged on June 21, 2018. This announcement follows last month’s recall of 25,000 pounds of Cargill beef. (USA Today)

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PINK SLIME SUIT SETTLED

ABC News and Beef Products Inc. (BPI) reached a settlement today in a $5.7 billion lawsuit that claimed a story ABC ran in 2012 misled viewers and caused BPI to lay off hundreds of workers. ABC said it had reached an “amicable resolution” with BPI; BPI said the settlement “vindicates” the company and its production… read more

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PINK SLIME DEFAMATION TRIAL TO BEGIN

Jury selection starts today in a more than $1 billion defamation case over ABC’s news reports on Beef Products Inc.’s (BPI) lean, finely textured beef product. BPI sued ABC in 2012 saying the network’s coverage of its product, dubbed “pink slime,” misled consumers into believing the product is unsafe, and led to the closures of… read more

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CHIPOTLE WOES

Chipotle says earnings and sales for its fourth quarter will come in far below the expectations it outlined in December, as a key sales metric tumbled 30% in December amid continued illness outbreaks linked to its restaurants. The company also said it was served with a grand jury subpoena in December related to a norovirus… read more

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CHIPOTLE UPDATE

Chipotle expects to lower its use of locally sourced ingredients and is centralizing the preparation of some vegetables as it seeks to shore up food safety following an E. coli outbreak that sickened 52 people in nine states.

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FDA UNVEILS NEW RULES FOR PRODUCE

Long-awaited rules issued Friday by the Food and Drug Administration are designed to help prevent large-scale, deadly outbreaks of foodborne illness like those linked to fresh spinach, cantaloupes, cucumbers and other foods over the last decade. That means making sure workers are trained to wash their hands, irrigation water is monitored for harmful bacteria and… read more

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IS FRESH SAFE?

E.coli in the Pacific Northwest marks Chipotle’s third outbreak this year. It’s prompting renewed scrutiny of a company that touts its use of fresh ingredients and farm-sourced fare, as reported by the Associated Press.

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HARSH SENTENCE

A former peanut company executive was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for his role in a deadly salmonella outbreak, the stiffest punishment ever handed out to a producer in a foodborne illness case.

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CONSUMER REPORTS AND GROUND BEEF

A new study from Consumer Reports, the organization known for investigating and rating all sorts of consumer goods from cars to countertops, found high levels of what they deemed “dangerous” strains of bacteria in American ground beef. But federal officials and the beef industry question the findings.

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