CHICAGO -- A beef industry task force has raised a sense of urgency about increasing reports of food-borne illness linked to the potentially fatal bacteria E. coli 0157:H7 in ground beef, and has developed a multi-point agenda to address the problem. That agenda, which comes with a price tag of $4.5 million annually for the next three to five years, was presented Aug. 12 during the annual meeting here of the National Live Stock and Meat Board. Now, the task force says, not enough is known ...

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