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France set to end 'mad cow' probe with no charges

A Paris prosecutor has recommended closing a 17-year-investigation into how "mad cow" disease killed at least 27 people in France with no charges being brought, judicial sources revealed Monday. The recommendation, which was made back in November but was not made public, followed the conclusion of a probe launched in 1997 that aimed to establish whether anyone could be held responsible for one of the worst public health disasters of the 20th century.

U.S. may give up demand for zero Japan beef tariffs in trade deal: Nikkei

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States appears willing to accept a big cut in Japanese tariffs on beef imports rather than insist on scrapping the levy, the Nikkei business daily said on Friday, as the two countries seek a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact.

Judge rejects ABC News bid to throw out 'pink slime' lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel and P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - ABC News has failed to persuade a South Dakota state judge to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit by a meat processor complaining about a series of reports that referred to its signature product as "pink slime." Judge Cheryle Gering of the Union County Circuit Court ruled on Thursday that Beef Products Inc may pursue most of its case against ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, and others including news anchor Diane Sawyer and reporter Jim Avila.

South Dakota judge won't dismiss Beef Products' $1.2B 'pink slime' defamation suit against ABC

ELK POINT, S.D. - A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI says ABC's coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

Circuit judge refuses to dismiss Beef Products' $1.2B 'pink slime' defamation suit against ABC

ELK POINT, S.D. - A circuit judge has refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime." Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI says ABC's coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

Japan to propose cutting tariffs on beef in TPP talks

Japan is expected to propose reducing tariffs on a certain quantity of beef imports from the United States as a compromise plan to Washington in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. Japan had been reluctant to cut tariffs on key farm products including beef and pork, but it decided to offer a concession amid strong pressure from the United States to open up its agricultural sector.

Analysis: Spring thaw to briefly relieve hot U.S. beef prices

By Theopolis Waters and Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Already pricey beef at grocery stores is expected to become even more expensive in February - wholesale beef and cattle prices are at all-time highs this winter in the United States, fueled by a tight supply of cattle. Prices for slaughter-ready cattle soared this month because the shutdown of packing plants during the Christmas and New Year's holidays constricted the flow of steaks and roasts to supermarkets and restaurants.

China, U.S. agree to promote U.S. beef in China: vice commerce minister

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States have agreed to promote American beef exports in China, one of the world's fastest growing markets for the meat, China's vice commerce minister, Wang Chao, said on Friday. Further details were not immediately available. Wang was speaking to reporters in Beijing after an annual Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting. China has restricted imports of U.S. beef over fears about mad cow disease, a brain-wasting condition formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

ABC asks South Dakota judge to throw out Beef Products Inc.'s 'pink slime' defamation lawsuit

ELK POINT, S.D. - A lawyer for ABC on Tuesday asked a circuit judge to throw out a defamation lawsuit related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef. Circuit Judge Cheryle Gering said she'll issue a written ruling at later date but she did not give a time frame.

U.S., suppliers settle over school lunch beef linked to recall

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Several California companies and individuals tied to the largest beef recall in U.S. history agreed to settle charges of animal cruelty and the slaughtering of sick cattle for food, including beef supplied to the National School Lunch Program, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
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