Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that might be contaminated with E. coli.
USDA announced Wednesday, that it became aware of the problem when Ohio health authorities reported that a family in Butler County, Ohio had become ill with E. coli. Ground beef in the family's home tested positive for the bacteria. The products being recalled include Kroger-brand ground beef; Butcher's Brand beef and generic label beef, which were all produced Aug. 23.
The Kroger beef was distributed in Tennessee and Indiana; the Butcher's beef in North and South Carolina and the generic beef in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Tyson Foods did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Obama’s Ag Cuts Called Into Question
An official of the American Association of Crop Insurers thinks there is an ulterior motive to the Obama administration’s proposal to cut another eight billion dollars from the federal crop insurance program.
David Graves is manager and secretary of the crop insurers’ organization:
“We don’t think it’s based in any kind of analytical reality, and is there simply as a political statement by the administration wanting to whack private sector delivery and private sector jobs, possibly wanting to have those jobs move back to the government.”
The crop insurance program saw a six billion dollar budget reduction in the 2008 Farm Bill and another six billion dollar cut in the Standard Reinsurance Agreement of 2010.
No Hearing Needed in Brunswick County
An advocacy group opposed to building a deep-water port in Southport is pushing the state Department of Transportation to hold a public hearing there. But DOT says a hearing isn't needed in the Brunswick County town because no port is located there.
DOT officials said Wednesday that public hearings will be held there if a wide-ranging $2 million maritime study recommends locating a megaport in Southport or any other community.
Largest Pork Producers Continue to Grow
2011 Pork Powerhouses reports that the 25 largest U.S. pork producers grew by 84-thousand sows this year. Ten of the companies on the list expanded, 12 reported the same number of sows, and three, including the largest, Smithfield Foods, have fewer sows than last year. The biggest jumps were by Illinois-based The Maschhoffs, which added 50-thousand sows.
Pork Powerhouses reports that overall, the mood among the big producers is extremely cautious.