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Toronto firm at centre of beef recall says it is not the source of E. coli

TORONTO - The CEO of a company at the centre of a ground beef recall over possible E. coli contamination says the potentially dangerous bacteria did not originate at his Toronto plant. Duffy Smith of Belmont Meats said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is checking where the beef trim that his company uses to make burgers came from so that the source of the E. coli can be traced. "We fully vetted all our production systems and checks. They cover the gamut of federal requirements for handling raw meat and our operations are clean," Duffy said Wednesday.

Another beef product recalled over possible E. coli contamination

OTTAWA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded its alert over beef products from Belmont Meats of Toronto because of possible E. coli contamination. The federal food safety watchdog is now warning the public not to eat Sunspun bearpaw-shaped beef burgers sold at Loblaw-owned stores nationally and Compliments traditional beef burgers sold at Sobeys-owned stores in Ontario and the West.

EU draft report: Olive oil, fish and organic face risks of fraud

BRUSSELS - An EU draft report says olive oil, fish and organic food are subjected to fraud more than any other foods. In fact, the report says beef is less risky, despite the scandal early this year over beef tainted with horsemeat. European Parliament member Esther de Lange said Friday she is surprised meat did not make a top 10 list of foods subjected to fraud, based on academic studies, police records and industry consultations. She also is surprised some supermarkets test calamari rings to make sure they're not made of pig's anuses.

USDA says California poultry plants linked to salmonella outbreak in chicken can stay open

WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department says three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak in raw chicken can stay open, for now. In a statement Thursday, the USDA said Foster Farms, which owns the facilities in Fresno and Livingston, Calif., has made "immediate substantive changes to their slaughter and processing to allow for continued operations."

USDA issues health alert for some chicken processed by Foster Farms after 278 people fall ill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday issued a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California as an estimated 278 people have fallen ill in the past six months. Strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state, the USDA said in a statement. The Salmonella outbreak has spread to 18 states, though most of the reported illnesses have been in California.

China's appetite for pork spurs $4.7 billion Smithfield deal

By Denny Thomas and Olivia Oran HONG KONG/NEW YORK (Reuters) - China's Shuanghui International plans to buy Smithfield Foods Inc <SFD.N> for $4.7 billion to feed a growing Chinese appetite for U.S. pork, but the proposed takeover of the world's No. 1 producer has stirred concern in the United States. The transaction, announced on Wednesday, would rank as the largest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company, with an enterprise value of $7.1 billion, including debt assumption.

Badger stew dish of the day for British roadkill fan

Take one dead badger, head and all, dust with flour and herbs, season and braise for five hours -- that's the recipe for a perfect stew, according to British roadkill eater Arthur Boyt. From dogs and cats to polecats and mice, Boyt insists there is nothing tastier than scooping up a dead animal from the roadside and taking it back to his remote home in Cornwall, southwest England, to skin, gut and cook. Boyt, 74, a nature obsessive whose house is dotted with animal skulls and taxidermy, has been eating roadkill since the 1960s and thinks more people should do the same.

Hillshire Brands thinks outside the corn dog with CEO Connolly

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian NEW YORK (Reuters) - Since Hillshire Brands <HSH.N> spun off from the Sara Lee Corp. last June, CEO Sean Connolly has made a point of thinking outside the box - and even beyond the traditional pig and cow.

Alberta agriculture minister unhappy with pace of U.S. meat labelling talks

CALGARY - Alberta's agriculture minister is getting fed up with the lack of progress in resolving the ongoing dispute over U.S. meat labelling rules. Verlyn Olson said Washington's country of origin labelling (COOL) policy is hurting Canadian cattle and hog producers, and if the Americans don't change the rules, it may soon be time for Canada to retaliate. "This issue has been dragging on for a number of years now and we are at the point if we cannot get a resolution to this then we have to be considering what the future holds," Olson said Thursday.

Organic, natural, free-range, hormone-free: Navigating labels in the meat department

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Browsing the meat section at the supermarket, labels abound for organic meat, kosher meat and meat raised without antibiotics or hormones. They're almost guaranteed to carry a higher price tag, but it's not always obvious what the labels even mean. It may be that you wouldn't pay extra if you knew what the terms signified.
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