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U.S. Recalls 143 Million Pounds of Beef

February 17, 2008
By GREG RISLING, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Sunday recalled 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs.

Officials said it was the largest beef recall in the United States, surpassing a 1999 ban of 35 million pounds of ready-to-eat meats. No illnesses have been linked to the newly recalled meat, and officials said the health threat was likely small.

The recall will affect beef products dating to Feb. 1, 2006, that came from Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., the federal agency said.

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Food Prices: 17 Year High?

January 11, 2008

COLUMBIA — Consumers all over the world can expect to pay more for food in coming years.

The Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture expects prices to rise another 4 percent this year. If the projected increase for 2008 proves true, consumers will see the highest increase in food prices since 1990.

With commodity prices hitting record levels and energy costs increasing, retailers must make up for the difference in the form of higher food costs.

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http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2008/
01/09/food-prices-expected-rise/

China not sole food-safety offender

July 21, 2007

July 21, 2007

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican cantaloupe irrigated with water from sewage-tainted rivers. Candy laced with lead. Chinese toothpaste is not the only concern for U.S. consumers wary of the health risks posed by imported goods.

Producers in other developing nations are notorious violators of basic food-safety standards, even as they woo consumers with a growing appetite for foods such as pickled mangoes from India and fruits and vegetables during winter from Mexico.

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