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First taste of test-tube burger declared 'close to meat'

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - The world's first laboratory-grown beef burger was flipped out of a petri dish and into a frying pan on Monday, with food tasters declaring it tasted "close to meat". Grown in-vitro from cattle stem cells at a cost of 250,000 euros ($332,000), the burger was cooked and eaten in front of television cameras to gain the greatest media coverage for the culmination of a five-year science experiment.

World's first test-tube burger tasted in London

Scientists unveiled the world's first lab-grown beef burger in London on Monday, frying it in a little oil and butter and serving it to volunteers in what they hope is the start of a food revolution. The tasters pronounced the 140-gramme (about five-ounce) patty, developed at a cost of more than 250,000 euros ($330,000) with support from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, as "close to meat" in flavour and texture but not as juicy.

Scientists to cook world's first in-vitro beef burger

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - A corner of west London will see culinary and scientific history made on Monday when scientists cook and serve up the world's first lab-grown beef burger. The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, the first example of what its creator says could provide an answer to global food shortages and help combat climate change, will be fried in a pan and tasted by two volunteers.

World's first test tube burger tasted in London

Scientists on Monday unveiled the world's first lab-grown beef burger, serving it up to volunteers in London in what they hope is the start of a food revolution. The 140 gramme (about five ounce) patty, which cost more than 250,000 euros ($330,000) to produce, has been made using strands of meat grown from muscle cells taken from a living cow. Mixed with salt, egg powder and breadcrumbs to improve the taste, and coloured with red beetroot juice and saffron, researchers claim it will taste similar to a normal burger.

Kansas meatpacker recalls beef on contamination issues

(Reuters) - A Kansas meatpacker has recalled 50,100 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said. The USDA said late on Wednesday that routine monitoring had confirmed the presence of E.coli O157:H7 in the meat produced by the National Beef Packing Co of Liberal, Kansas. It said there had been no reports of illness.

Country-of-origin meat labelling opponents file injunction while lawsuit pending

CALGARY - An organization that represents Canadian beef farmers says it is seeking an injunction while a court in the U.S. hears its case against country-of-origin meat labelling. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says it is part of a coalition that has asked the U.S. District Court in Washington to delay the policy to be implemented in November. It would require labels on meat products sold in the United States to contain detailed information about where the products come from.

Smithfield CEO feels Senate heat over sale to China

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators sought answers from the head of Smithfield Foods on Wednesday about whether the proposed sale of the Virginia ham maker to China's largest pork producer could hurt U.S. food safety and raise prices for American consumers.

Meat processors, livestock groups sue USDA over new meat labelling rule prohibiting meat mixing

DES MOINES, Iowa - American and Canadian meat and livestock groups are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture in federal court in Washington to block implementation of a new meat labelling rule. The rule approved in May by the USDA requires meat labels to detail where animals used for meat were born, raised and slaughtered. It also prohibits processors from mixing meat from animals that come from different countries.

U.S., Canada meat groups ask court to block U.S. labeling rules

By Rod Nickel (Reuters) - Eight meat and livestock groups from the United States and Canada have asked a court to strike down stricter U.S. meat labeling rules that they say have hurt U.S. processors and Canadian farmers, arguing that they violate the U.S. Constitution. The suit, filed late on Monday, seeks to undo recent revisions to four-year-old rules that required retail outlets to label meat according to where it came from.

Virus deadly to piglets spreads to North Carolina's hog farms

By P.J. Huffstutter and Theopolis Waters CHICAGO (Reuters) - A swine virus deadly to piglets has been discovered on two hog farms in North Carolina, an official in the No. 2 hog-producing U.S. state said on Tuesday. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) was found at a sow farm, where piglets are born, and at a finishing farm where hogs are fattened up for slaughter, said Dr. Tom Ray, director of Livestock Health Programs for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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