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When Big Gets Eaten By Bigger

Touch the Soil News #1100 (Feature photo – Chicken Nuggets – public domain, Evan Amos) Keystone Foods is owned by Marfrig – a Brazilian meat company plagued by scandal and corruption. Marfrig is selling off its subsidiary Keystone Foods. American giant Tyson Foods is buying Keystone for $2.6 billion (in cash). Tyson is the world’s second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork. According to Keystone, they are a provider of protein products to major chain restaurants with about $2.7 billion in sales worldwide. Their customer base includes more than 36,000 quick service restaurants and other major food service companies. According to Keystone, every year they process about…

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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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