Some consumer groups and at least one major newspaper find little merit in a food industry lawsuit to halt random government testing of ground beef for contamination with the bacteria E. coli 0157:H7. In a recent editorial, The New York Times accused the American Meat Institute, one of seven plaintiffs in the suit, of being hypocritical in its approach to reducing pathogens in meat and to ensuring public health. "The American Meat Institute claims it is only trying to protect consumers ...

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