I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.
Crews along the West Coast are continuing to battle massive wildfires, and just look at the destruction caused by one of them. This is what the so-called Bobcat Fire did to one ranch in Valyermo, California. This is at Angeles Crest Creamery. The owner says so far it looks like 80-to-90-percent of their land has burned. This one fire has burned for more than two weeks northeast of Los Angeles. It’s one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County. It’s just 15-percent contained at last report.
Blue Bell Creameries of Texas has been ordered to pay more than 17-million dollars in criminal penalties. It stems from the 20-15 listeria outbreak. The company pleaded guilty to criminal charges for shipment of contaminated products. The U-S Department of Justice says the fine is the largest criminal penalty following a conviction in a food safety case. 10-people were sickened and three people died.
Meat prices are falling at the grocery store. The Wall Street Journal reporting prices for ground beef and pork loins have returned to pre-pandemic levels. That’s after plant closures in the spring because of the virus left cattle and hogs lingering…and getting fatter.
Meanwhile, fallout from the coronavirus has kept restaurants that serve steak at reduced capacity and cut into meat exports. The result is relief for consumers, but less money for producers.
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