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McDonald's Is Testing Fresh Beef in Its Burgers

Starting with 14 restaurants in Dallas

(Newser) - McDonald's says it's testing fresh beef at 14 restaurants in Dallas, but claims it's too early to say whether fresh beef could replace its frozen patties nationally, the AP reports. The company says the test is limited to its quarter pounder patties. "Like all of our... More »

20-Foot Tapeworm Found Living Inside Raw-Beef-Loving Man

He lost up to 22 pounds in three days

(Newser) - Squeamish readers be warned: The South China Morning Post reports a Chinese man was recently found to have a 20-foot tapeworm living inside his intestines. According to Live Science , the 38-year-old man went to the doctor last spring after losing up to 22 pounds over the course of three days.... More »

5% of China's Beef to Come From Huge Cloning Factory

BoyaLife says it will produce 100K bovine embryos per year

(Newser) - Facing a serious meat shortage as its population continues to grow and industrialize, China is set to open the world's largest animal-cloning factory in the first half of 2016. But it's not just cloning and raising cattle for beef. Commercial genetics company BoyaLife , which is building the center... More »

Where's the Beef? Trucker Steals 40K Pounds of Meat

The missing beef is worth $110,000

(Newser) - Where's the beef? That's what authorities would like to know after someone stole 40,000 pounds of it from a meat plant in central Pennsylvania. State police say it happened last Saturday at Nicholas Meat near Loganton. According to troopers, a trucker loaded $110,000 worth of meat... More »

3rd Muslim Man Killed Over Beef

This time, an 18-year-old burned to death

(Newser) - For the third time in less than a month, a Muslim man has been killed over beef. In the most recent incident, an 18-year-old truck driver was burned in the cab of his truck in an Indian-controlled part of Kashmir Oct. 9 because he was suspected of transporting beef; he... More »

India Mob Brutally Kills Man Over Rumor He Ate Beef

They beat him with bricks until they crumbled, his family says

(Newser) - The mob came in the night while Mohammad Akhlaq slept, smashing in his door and dragging him from bed, then beating him to death with bricks until the blocks crumbled in their hands, reports the Washington Post . Why? "They accused us of keeping cow meat," Akhlaq's daughter,... More »

Veggies More Dangerous Than Beef

At least when it comes to carrying diseases

(Newser) - An apple a day keeps the doctor away—unless, of course, it's carrying a disease. Turns out that vegetables and fruits are actually worse than beef and pork when it comes to making people sick, reports Bloomberg , based on a CDC paper from last year. Experts looked at illnesses... More »

Beef: Meat Industry's Worst Eco-Offender

Raising cattle takes up 160 times as much land as plants, study finds

(Newser) - Think drive-thru cheeseburgers are cheap? Think again. What may be light on the wallet is heavy on the planet, according to a new study on the environmental costs per calorie of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs—which, combined, make up 96% of the calories Americans get via animal sources.... More »

Taco Bell Reveals Exactly What's In Its Mystery Meat

Sure, 88% is beef, but what about the other 12%?

(Newser) - Taco Bell confirmed back in 2011 that its beef is made up of 88% actual beef , but now the company is explaining exactly what that mysterious other 12% is. Some of the non-beef ingredients "do have weird names," but all of them are "completely safe and approved... More »

Where's the (Cheap) Beef? US Prices Soar

Cattle population at 1951 levels

(Newser) - Another downside of weird weather: Beef prices have hit a record high. "All-fresh" USDA choice-grade beef had a retail value of $5.28 a pound in February; the year before, it was $4.28. A few years before that, in 2008, it was just $3.97. At about 87.... More »

Why Americans Eat the Same Boring Meat Over and Over

Squirrel, rabbit, venison: It's what's never for dinner

(Newser) - Sure, Americans chow down on about 280 pounds of meat each per year, compared to the 181 pounds in your average developed country. But chances are those 280 pounds come from the same three or four meat-producing animals: Chicken, beef, pork, and maybe a little turkey. While North America has... More »

McDonald's: We'll Serve Sustainable Beef ... Someday

First step: Define 'sustainable beef'

(Newser) - McDonald's hopes someday all its beef will come from sustainable sources—but there's a lot of work standing between it and that lofty goal, CNBC reports. One key step: figuring out just what sustainable beef is. "There hasn't been a universal definition," the company says... More »

Horse Meat Found in 5% of Beef in Europe

EU commission promises stricter standards

(Newser) - Bite into beef anywhere in Europe, and there's a 5% chance you're actually biting into horse meat. An EU study across 27 nations in the wake of the region's horse meat scandal found that 5% of beef products had some horse DNA, reports the BBC . France and... More »

Ikea's Meatball Mess Spreads to 24 Countries

Meanwhile, frozen burger sales take huge dive in UK

(Newser) - Ikea's horse-meatball mess continues to grow. The retailer has now stopped offering meatballs in 24 European countries, der Spiegel reports. The company explained in a statement that, "The sales stop concerns meatballs manufactured by one supplier in Sweden and applies to all European countries except for Norway, Russia,... More »

Jamie Oliver, ABC Sued Over 'Pink Slime'

Former beef worker says phrase figured in his firing

(Newser) - The war over pink slime has resurfaced: Now, a former beef worker is suing TV chef Jamie Oliver, ABC News, and a food blogger for using the unappealing term . Bruce Smith brought the lawsuit after he and some 750 others were fired from a company that makes lean, finely textured... More »

Meat Cutters Discover a New Steak

Get ready for the Vegas strip steak

(Newser) - Good news for carnivores and not so good news for cattle: People who specialize in such things say they've found a new cut of beef from a cow called the "Vegas strip steak." Business Insider picks up on the weird scoop from the Drovers Cattle Network , which... More »

S. Korea Stores Yank US Beef Over Mad Cow

Mad Cow scare affects two major retailers, but EU, Japan keeping cool

(Newser) - Two of South Korea's biggest grocery chains have temporarily halted the sale of US beef in response to the latest mad cow scare . "Not that there were any quality issues in the meat," a spokesman for the country's third-largest chain tells the AP , "but because... More »

Ammonia an Ingredient in More Than Pink Slime

Health officials gave ammonium hydroxide the OK in 1974

(Newser) - If you were appalled by the revelation that the meat industry grinds up beef byproducts and gives them a nice ammonia bath, steel yourself: Experts say ammonia compounds are pretty commonly used in food. Ammonium hydroxide, which was given the OK by health officials in 1974, is added to milk... More »

Pink Slime a Symptom of a Darker Disease

Mark Bittman reminds us that there's far worse stuff in our meat

(Newser) - Public outcry appears to have essentially killed "pink slime" (or as its producers would prefer you refer to it, "Lean Finely Textured Beef"), and Mark Bittman can't help but find that encouraging—and a little ironic. "The stuff is gross, for sure, but it’s... More »

Grocery Chain: Our Shoppers Want Pink Slime

Hy-Vee will offer beef with and without the stuff at its 235 stores

(Newser) - Apparently everyone isn't grossed out by the much-discussed pink slime: Indeed, some customers are demanding it. Thus the 235-store Hy-Vee grocery chain has decided to sell ground beef with and without the product, also called lean, finely textured beef, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. Residents of cities that produce... More »

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