BONE OF CONTENTION: USDA ISSUES EDICT ON GROUND BEEF

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sent an edict to its inspectors at meat processing plants that no spinal cord or bone tissue is to be allowed in ground beef. This follows a wave of criticism over automatic machines designed to get more meat off a carcass.USDA officials look at the issue as one involving truth-in-labeling: Ground beef simply shouldn't contain ground bone,

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sent an edict to its inspectors at meat processing plants that no spinal cord or bone tissue is to be allowed in ground beef. This follows a wave of criticism over automatic machines designed to get more meat off a carcass.

USDA officials look at the issue as one involving truth-in-labeling: Ground beef simply shouldn't contain ground bone, they say.

Consumer groups argue the automatic process raises the specter of Mad

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