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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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FOOD AND HEALTH SURVEY

36% of Americans ages 18 to 80 said “chemicals” are their top food safety concern followed by 34% who were concerned about food borne illness from bacteria, according to a 2015 survey which included responses from 1,007 people.    

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FOOD FINES

ConAgra will pay $11.2 million to resolve allegations that the company shipped contaminated peanut butter under its Peter Pan brand and Wal-Mart’s Great Value label. The fine—the largest ever levied in a food-safety case—marks the latest in a string of successful efforts by the Justice Department to hold food companies or their executives accountable for… read more

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