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Do We Need Regulations to tell us what is Meat or Beef?

Touch the Soil News #973 (Feature photo – Large Feedlot – public domain) In a recent press release, the United States Cattlemen’s Association says it submitted a petition for rulemaking to the USDA. The Association wants the Food Safety and Inspection Service (an arm of the USDA) to establish beef labeling requirements to inform us on the difference between beef products derived from cattle raised on the ranch and those derived from beef created in the laboratory from beef cells. While the goal of the Cattlemen’s Association is obvious – to protect their economic turf, could this backfire? Meat labeled as avoiding slaughter houses and issues surrounding the environmental footprint…

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The Cost of a Lie and a Bribe

Touch the Soil News #661 We’ve been covering the food scandal of the century that is unfolding in Brazil. Brazil, the world’s largest meat producer and meat exporter ($14 billion in meat exports annually) has an ethics problem. Over 30 meat packing facilities have been investigated and dozens of folks arrested in an industry wide practice of paying off meat inspectors to look the other way as compromised meat is doctored up and sold/shipped to foreign nations. As a consequence, more than 30 meat inspectors were fired. They allegedly allowed rotten meat to be sold, dates of expiration to be altered and tolerating the disguising of poor meat with chemical…

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