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Mexican officials investigate possible Clenbuterol poisonings

https://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/News/Details/94047

  • Health officials in the Mexican state of Morelos, south of Mexico City, are investigating a foodborne illness event that has caused more than 50 people to fall ill from eating beef that is suspected to have been contaminated with Clenbuterol.
    • Clenbuterol is a livestock feed additive that is used to promote muscle mass. It is illegal in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico.
      • It was originally developed for the treatment of animals with reparatory issues.
    • Research done in 2019 showed that the feed additive was found in about half of beef and beef liver samples collected from points of sale in the Morelos area, at levels that exceeded the maximum limits recommended by the Codex Alimentarius.
    • Fifty-four people have fallen ill with headaches, increased sweating, insomnia, nausea, possible muscle spasms and perhaps increased blood pressure. One individual has been hospitalized.
    • Health officials are working to pinpoint the origin of the potentially contaminated meat by testing products available for purchase in the area.
    • The Mexican government has a program in place that certifies various links in the meat supply chain as being Clenbuterol-free, in an effort to provide producers and feeders with incentives not to use the additive.

 

Impossible Foods rolls out plant-based patties to more grocery stores

http://www.micausa.org/impossible-foods-rolls-out-plant-based-patties-to-more-grocery-stores/

  • Impossible Foods is expanding its offering in the grocery store channel with pre-formed, quarter pound patties at nearly 2,000 stores owned by The Kroger Co.
    • The patty packs of the Impossible Burger will be featured at Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Mariano’s, Smith’s and other Kroger-affiliated stores. They will also be available for online ordering.
  • The patties will be located in Kroger’s fresh meat section in 8-oz. packages, two patties per package. They will retail for $6.99 per package.
  • According to Ravi Thakkar, Impossible Foods’ vice president of Product Management, these new patty packs enable home chefs to create the perfect dish. In just four minutes, the Impossible Burger can go from the refrigerator to the grill to your plate.

 

Boxed beef prices

www.nationalbeefwire.com

  • Choice boxed beef: $231.54 (+0.09)
  • Select boxed beef: $214.26 (+0.15)

 

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