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Utah company recalling 90,000 pounds of beef jerky, cites labeling error

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah company is recalling about 90,000 pounds of beef jerky products that were mislabeled and didn't list on the packaging the ingredient soy lecithin, an allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's food safety service announced Tuesday that Salt Lake City-based Prime Snax Inc. is recalling products made before Feb. 2 that were shipped around the country. The recall affects five of the company's beef jerky brands: Arizona Jacks, Desert Star, Southwest Trail, Terrell and Kettle Creek.

FDA says 580 pets have died from jerky-caused illness

(Reuters) - The Food and Drug Administration has turned to pet owners for help in an ongoing investigation into jerky products, most made in China, that have killed nearly 600 dogs and cats. Since 2007, roughly 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have fallen ill - and more than 580 have died - from eating the sliced and dried meat products, the food inspection agency said in an update on Tuesday.

Mystery African meat piques appetites during China trial

By John Ruwitch JINAN, China (Reuters) - Testimony in the trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has produced salacious details about the opulent and supposedly corrupt lifestyle of the family of the once high-flying Communist Party aristocrat. But perhaps no tidbit has attracted as much attention as the piece of exotic meat Bo's son, Guagua, brought back from a visit to Africa in 2011.

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Waiter! There's a giraffe in my kudu

JOHANNESBURG, March 1 (Reuters) - Only three days after being told their hamburgers may in fact be donkey or water buffalo, South African meat lovers have been dealt another blow: biltong, the fabled dried-meat snack, may not be as "wild" as many packets suggest. Acting on a hunch - and four years before Europe's horse meat scandal broke - researchers at the University of the Western Cape tested 146 biltong samples from major retailers and small butchers from across South Africa.

Most of S.Africa popular game biltong not so wild: study

Most of South Africa's biltong - dried strips of cured meat and a much loved snack -- has little to do with the ingredients on the label, according to DNA tests results published Friday. Game biltong which is popular with the health conscious, as it is considered lean and free-range, is the most mis-labelled, according the study by scientists from the Univeristy of the Western Cape. "The finding was that there is a major substitution of species in the market," said researcher Maria Eugenia D'Amato.

South Africa steps up random tests on meats at shops

By Tiisetso Motsoeneng JOHANNESBURG, Feb 27 (Reuters) - South African health authorities have stepped up random tests on meat and other foods in supermarkets after a study showed that donkey, goat and water buffalo have been added as unlabelled ingredients in meat products. The investigation started last month in response to a scandal in Europe where horse meat was labelled as beef, health department spokesman Popo Maja said.

UPDATE 1-Meat products have been falsely labelled-EU health chief

* EU ministers to meet later on Wednesday * "Unfair" at this stage to name possible culprits (Adds quotes, background) BRUSSELS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - All companies that have handled falsely-labelled horsemeat are under suspicion, the European Union's health chief said on Wednesday, adding the Commission was considering strengthening relevant law. EU ministers are to meet later on Wednesday in Brussels to work out their response to a scandal over the sale of horsemeat in products sold as containing beef.
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