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Highly-contagious deadly pig virus cases on the rise in the U.S.

Cases of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, a highly contagious pig disease, are increasing across the U.S. farm belt, a group of animal health researchers said. Confirmed cases of PEDv increased by 252 in the week ending March 1, bringing the total number to 4,106 in 26 states, according…

Food distributor Sysco under USDA investigation

Investigations into the food storage practices of one of the country’s largest food distributors have reached the federal level, KNTV-TV reported on Monday. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) told KNTV that they have begun probing Sysco Corporation following a complaint received at the USDA’s office in Alameda,…

U.S. trial program would spy on Internet users to prevent animal abuse

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offered an unusual contract (PDF) this month, soliciting bids from private software developers for a trial program that would scour the Internet for detailed information on all animal sales, potential animal welfare abuses and other unlawful economic activities relating to animals within the U.S.…

Tyson recalls ground beef over possible E. coli contamination

(Reuters) – Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli, federal officials said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that the department became aware of the problem Monday when the agency was notified by the Ohio Department of Health…

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