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  • ground beef safety
    Jan 2, 2013
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    Canada Offers U.S. Consumer Lessons

    A study conducted by the Canadian Food Safety Alliance in early December indicates that half of respondents believe E.coli incidents have been increasing over the last five years. Even more concerning is that 42% of Canadians say they've decreased their consumption of beef as a result....More
  • Oct 26, 2012
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    HSUS Video, 'A Pig's Tail' Targets Young Children

    A new animated video from the Humane Society of the U.S. aimed at young kids builds on HSUS’s strategy of appearing to side with “family farms” and against corporate or modern agriculture. The livestock industry can’t compete with HSUS in dollars spent, number of lawyers, or a sympathetic mainstream media, but producers can utilize social media tools to reach consumers directly....More
  • E. Coli Recalls From Canada's XL Foods Rocks Beef Industry
    Oct 18, 2012
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    The Ever-Growing Price of E. Coli 1

    Prior to the beef recall in mid September by Canada’s XL Foods, the North American beef industry had been quietly celebrating one of the more successful summers relative to E. coli. The industry’s progress in ensuring a safe beef supply has been great, and the risk of contamination is falling, but the risks as a result of potential contaminations are increasing....More
  • Oct 11, 2012
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    XL Foods At Center Of Cross-Border Contamination Issue

    his year had been quiet in terms of U.S. beef recalls. That changed with a Sept. 17 recall of ground beef products produced at an Edmonton, Alberta, plant operated by XL Foods, Canada’s second largest beef processor. The recall expanded 13 times over the next three weeks to include whole-muscle cuts, short ribs and other intact cuts. The recall was significant because it exposed the interdependent nature of the North American beef trade....More
  • Oct 10, 2012
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    Magazine Needs To Check Facts On BSE 7

    Just as BPI’s lean finely textured beef was unfairly characterized as “pink slime” and the H1N1 flu strain was dubbed “swine flu” by the media, the beef industry has one longer-lived slur. That is Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) as “mad cow disease.”...More
  • Sep 21, 2012
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    The ABC News Lawsuit Is A Long Shot 8

    Very few cattlemen will disagree that the BPI lawsuit against ABC News is necessary and right. But the fact is, as Americans, we love the First Amendment. So, while ABC News isn’t Oprah, the suit still faces an uphill challenge...More
  • Sep 13, 2012
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    BPI Announces $1.2-Billion Lawsuit Of ABC 11

    The legal hurdles for defamation are huge. Obviously, proving economic damage will be easy, and there certainly was a wealth of incorrect material presented by ABC regarding lean finely textured beef. But the sad fact is that when the media chooses to ignore facts and sensationalize a story, there’s little recourse for the aggrieved to take, even if a company, its employees, consumers and the public are injured in the process....More
  • Aug 28, 2012
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    Majority Of Beef’s Lost Dollars Due To Quality Grade Deficiencies

    Beef packers have spent years finding ways to add value to a carcass. Given the volume of cattle they handle, an extra 1¢/lb. can add up to millions of new dollars captured. Producers have also focused on adding value to calves and fed cattle. Yet there’s still more to be captured, according to the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit....More
  • Aug 16, 2012
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    Beef Checkoff Reworks Committee Structure 2

    How goes the checkoff? According to Craig Uden, a Nebraska cattle feeder and chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils, the cattlemen who oversee the beef checkoff are working to keep the program as efficient as possible. During the 2012 Cattle Industry Summer Meeting, that effort involved reorganizing the committee structure, taking it from a total of 13 standing committees to four....More
  • Aug 9, 2012
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    2011 National Beef Quality Audit Take-Home Messages

    With the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) now published, what's the take-home message for cow-calf producers? Cattlemen showed they can make great strides when the industry tackles important issues, like carcass quality. But the 2011 NBQA identified food safety and flavor as among the important issues....More

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