The federal government will ban the sale of ground beef tainted with six toxic strains of E. coli bacteria that are increasingly showing up as the cause of severe illness from food.
Officials have been under pressure from food-safety advocates and some elected officials to do more to keep the potentially deadly bacteria out of meat, but the beef industry said the move was not needed and could force the price of ground beef to rise.
The new rule, which officials said would be announced Tuesday, means that six relatively rare forms of E. coli will be treated the same as their notorious and more common cousin, a strain called E. coli O157:H7.
just one more thing to add to higher prices note it was on ground beef -not other cuts. lots more testing, recalls, lost product all leads to -- higher prices. now the question is does any of it fall down to local rancher. gipsa and korea on the way and the cattle market is rising in anticipation.