WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Replying with strong words to a supermarket and meat industry lawsuit over testing ground beef for E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said it is acting within its legal bounds to protect the public health. nd consume ground beef known to be tainted with this highly virulent and potentially deadly bacteria, because their purely economic interest in selling contaminated products outweighs any consideration of public health," the USDA said. "The Federal ...

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