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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Governors Defend Pink Slime by Eating It

In attempt to combat 'unwarranted food scare'

(Newser) - Pink slime is perfectly safe to eat, but it has a bit of a PR problem, according to federal authorities and a coalition of at least four governors. Department of Agriculture officials say the "slime"—leftover beef trimmings sometimes treated with ammonium hydroxide—is actually a low-cost way...

Work Halted at 75% of 'Pink Slime' Maker's Plants

Move follows public outcry

(Newser) - The company that makes "pink slime" is suspending operations at three of four plants where the low-cost beef filler is made amid a public outcry over concern about the ingredient. A Beef Products Inc. rep today told the AP about the operations suspensions at plants in Texas, Kansas, and...

McDonald's Stops Using 'Pink Slime'

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver spearheaded drive against controversial beef

(Newser) - Jamie Oliver's gastric juices must be bubbling with joy. The food activist and celebrity chef has fought for months against so-called "pink slime," and lo and behold, McDonald's announced last week it has stopped using the controversial beef, CBS News reports. The chain was "taking...

Swedish Guy Eats 70-Year- Old Beef

'It didn't smell much, it didn't smell bad anyway,' he raves

(Newser) - Ever wondered if beef ages like wine? Well a Swedish man ran something of an experiment on the matter yesterday, cracking open a jar of brisket that had been sealed for more than 70 years, The Local reports. Eskil Carlsson’s parents-in-law had sealed the beef away during World War...

Beef Industry Pins Bullseye on Gen Twitter

'MBA' certificate program aimed at 21 and younger demographic

(Newser) - After a five-decade slide in US meat consumption, the national beef industry is enlisting college students across the country in its public relations fight for America's hearts, minds, and stomachs. The Masters of Beef Advocacy program, or MBA, typically recruits farmers, ranchers, high-end chefs and school dietitians to spread...

Taco Bell Really Wants Apology

Fast food chain asks for one from law firm, via full-page ad

(Newser) - Apparently, dropping the beef-related lawsuit wasn't quite enough to satisfy Taco Bell. Pat's Papers points to a full-page ad the fast food company took out in today's USA Today, asking for an apology from the law firm that filed the suit. It says, in part, "As...

Taco Bell 'Beefiness' Lawsuit Dropped

So go ahead, enjoy a 'Beefy Crunch Burrito' with no worries

(Newser) - Those of you hoping to see Taco Bell forced to defend the beefiness of its beef in court will be disappointed: The law firm that filed a class-action lawsuit against the fast food chain has now withdrawn it. The suit looked to force Taco Bell to stop calling its meat...

Senator: My State's Beef Is Beefier Than Taco Bell's

Montana's Jon Tester says his state is home to 'best cattle in the world'

(Newser) - The Taco Bell beef war just won't stop—and now Washington has gotten involved. Sen. Jon Tester yesterday issued a statement pushing his state's meat as superior to the fast food chain's. "When I go to a restaurant, I expect the beef I order to be beef—not 'filler'—...

Taco Bell's Beef Response:

Thank You For Suing Us

(Newser) - Taco Bell has issued yet another indignant response to the lawsuit claiming its taco meat contains little actual meat. “Thank You for Suing Us” the company snarkily proclaims in a full-page ad that’s appeared in several newspapers today, according to Pat’s Papers . Below that, the company once...

Taco Bell Insists: It's Beef

And not just 36% beef: 100%, says prez

(Newser) - Mystery meat? No way, says Taco Bell. The fast food chain's president insists its beef products are made from "100% USDA-inspected beef." Of course, the beef also includes other ingredients like oats, soy lectithin, sugar, soybean oil, garlic powder, yeast extract, citric acid, and cocoa powder. But in...

Only Rich Will Eat Beef in 2050

Production costs could make it the 'caviar of the future'

(Newser) - You might want to have a hamburger while you can—beef is likely to become as pricey and exclusive as caviar over the next 40 years, predicts a UN agriculture expert. The production costs of raising cows, especially for water, are just too high to accommodate inexorable rises in world...

Vaccine Tested to Prevent E. Coli-Tainted Beef

Cattle vaccine could curb strain of deadly bacteria

(Newser) - New vaccines are being tested that could make tainted beef scandals a thing of the past. The vaccines—currently undergoing large-scale trials after decades of bureaucratic delays—make cattle immune to the strain of E.Coli that kills dozens and sickens thousands of Americans every year. Scientists believe the combination...

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