Beef recall, E. coli, U.S. export ban, Lakeside plant
It was U.S. food safety inspectors who first notified Canada about E. coli found in Canadian beef at the border on Sept. 3 — 10 days before Washington asked for an export ban on the Lakeside plant and nearly two weeks before the CFIA began issuing product recalls in Canada.
The stores would run steaks through a machine that would strike them with a meat tenderizer with a needle-like surface. Predy says if E.coli bacteria was on the surface of the meat, the process may have forced it deeper into the steak, where it would be more difficult to kill while cooking.
Cattle to have ears sliced off, Egyptian reports say November 07, 2012 12:00AM
AUSTRALIAN officials are investigating claims that Egyptian authorities are considering slicing off the ears of a entire shipment of cattle -- prior to slaughter -- over concerns about the use of hormone implants in the animals.
The Department of Agriculture last night confirmed staff were seeking further advice from Egyptian officials after local media reports that university veterinary experts recommended to authorities the drastic action against the Australian cattle because of fears they had hormone growth implants in their ears.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Pink slime’ tainted with E. coli killed 62-year-old Minnesota man with Down syndrome, lawsuit claims Minnesota health officials suspect that E. coli tainted ‘lean finely textured beef’ made by Beef Products, Inc., sickened at least five people in the state in 2009, killing one of them. Now, as BPI pursues a lawsuit against ABC News and two former USDA microbiologists who raised objections about their product, the company must defend itself from accusations that treating beef trim with ammonia did not kill deadly pathogens. www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/pink-slime-killed-minn-man-lawsuit-article-1.1238596
Ractopamine is a drug that is used as a feed additive to promote leanness in animals raised for their meat. Pharmacologically, it is a beta-adrenoceptor agonist. It is the active ingredient in products known as Paylean for swine and Optaflexx for cattle, developed by Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company, for use in food animals for growth promotion. Ractopamine has been banned in the European Union, Taiwan, mainland China and Russia.
Tyson Foods Pays $4 Million To Settle Complaint Over Worker Exposure To Ammonia | Posted: 04/05/2013 1:44 pm EDT
According to the government's complaint (below), which was filed along with the settlement on Thursday, Tyson committed "various violations of the regulations" related to anhydrous ammonia, a gas that's commonly used in refrigeration but can cause burning, choking and even death at high exposure.
This was also a time of Wall Street worship and hyper industrialization, “get big or get out”. Higher demands for thru-put and profit continued. Big meat packers were touting the big lie of their economies of scale and efficiencies. Kill chain speeds increased to 350 to 400 head per hour (an animal dying every 9 seconds). The combination of lack of inspection, increased chain speeds, while pushing an unhappy and untrained refugee workforce beyond their limits, resulted in higher and higher pathogen loads on animal carcasses. It’s no wonder why sensible food safety technologies, like steam pasteurization and acid rinses couldn’t keep up with the massive amounts of contaminated meat being produced on a daily basis. nobull.mikecallicrate.com/2012/03/28/pink-slime-dark-side-of-industrial-food-system-exposed/
According to the complaint, more than a dozen Tyson workers were injured in a spate of accidental ammonia releases between 2006 and 2010, resulting in at least one death. One worker was chemically burned over 25 percent of his body and spent 45 days in the hospital, the complaint states. www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/05/tyson-foods-ammonia_n_3021843.html
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz compliments XL Foods
XL Foods slow to handle tainted beef outbreak, putting consumers at risk: review | June 6, 2013
A “relaxed attitude” by federal food inspectors and company officials at an Alberta meat packer toward mandatory food safety procedures were to blame for an E.coli outbreak last fall that sickened 18 people and led to the country’s biggest ever beef recall.
And an independent panel’s review of the incident at XL Foods Inc. also found the health of Canadians may have been put at risk on two prior occasions in the previous year when spikes in positive results for the potentially-fatal bacteria went unnoticed by both the Brooks facility and Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff.
“This is indicative of long-standing problems at XL Foods,” the report said.
Canada's food inspection agency stops investigating deadly anthrax The Canadian Press | Associated Press – 21 hrs ago
EDMONTON - Canada's food regulator has stopped riding herd on anthrax, a disease that can kill cattle, bison, other grazing animals and, in rare cases, people.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will no longer investigate and quarantine anthrax-infected farms, collect samples for testing, vaccinate livestock or oversee and help pay for the cost of disposing animals that die of the disease.
New rules that went into effect this spring say livestock producers, with the help of private veterinarians, are expected to take responsibility for preventing and dealing with anthrax.
Merck plans to conduct the biggest ever test of its kind in an effort to reintroduce the weight-adding drug into the United States and Canada after suspending sales last August. A test herd of this size is currently worth up to $500 million.
Reuters reported in December that Tyson stopped taking Zilmax-fed livestock after more than two dozen animals that had been fed the drug arrived at one of its slaughterhouses with missing hooves.
Toledo tap water drinking ban lifted after toxin scare Ban that began Saturday linked to blue-green algae toxin fears from Lake Erie
The Associated Press Posted: Aug 04, 2014 10:22 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 04, 2014 1:06 PM ET
A water ban that began Saturday and had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, yet some residents were hesitant to take a sip.
Some hospitals cancelled elective surgeries and were sending surgical equipment that needed sterilized to facilities outside the water emergency, said Bryan Biggie, disaster coordinator for ProMedica hospitals in Toledo.
In fact, the problems on the shallowest of the five Great Lakes brought on by farm runoff and sludge from sewage treatment plants have been building for more than a decade.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a satellite image showing a small but concentrated algae bloom centred right where Toledo draws its water supply, said Jeff Reutter, head of the Ohio Sea Grant research lab.
The bloom was much smaller than in past years and isn't expected to peak until early September. But instead of being pushed out to the middle of the lake, winds and waves drove the algae toward the shore, he said.
"Weather conditions made it such that bloom was going right into the water intakes," said Reutter, who has been studying the lake since the 1970s, when it was severely polluted.
The amount of phosphorus going into the lake has risen every year since the mid-1990s. "We're right back to where we were in the `70s," Reutter said.
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