Bank of England to keep five pound note despite protests over beef fat ingredient – CNBC

The Bank of England said on Wednesday it plans to keep the new five pound note despite acknowledging that it contains an “extremely small amount of” beef fat.

Vegan-led protests last November prompted the U.K.’s central bank to launch a detailed investigation into whether there was a better substitute for the ingredient.

However, according to a statement from the Bank, it has now concluded “that it would be appropriate to keep the £5 ($6.25) polymer note in circulation and to issue the £10 polymer note as planned, in September.”

A variety of issues in addition to animal rights concerns and including quality and security of the banknotes, the Bank’s legal obligations, the needs of firms that process, handle and supply cash and taxpayer value for money were analyzed by the institution in reaching its decision.

Despite the decision, the Bank has confirmed that it is “continuing to work closely with banknote polymer suppliers to determine what alternatives might be available.”

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ATF looks to 'beef up' presence in Chicago: CNN – Crain's Chicago Business

CNN is reporting that the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives is looking to transfer approximately 20 agents to Chicago in an effort to “beef up” the federal presence in the city, citing two unnamed federal law enforcement officials.

The additional agents will form a new task force, which the ATF referred to in internal documents referenced by CNN as the “Chicago Crime Guns Strike Force.” The mission: To stem the city’s gun violence.

The increase, one official told CNN, has been in the works for some time and is not in response to President Donald Trump tweeting last week that “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on … I will send in the feds.”

CNN reports that the second official, however, could not say for sure Trump’s comment had nothing to do with decision, considering its timing.

There are currently more than 40 agents assigned to the Chicago area, CNN says, so the surge would increase that force to more than 60 agents.

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“We have received no word from the federal government to confirm these reports,” wrote Adam Collins, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, in an email, “but it would be welcome news if the administration has indeed agreed to one of Mayor Emanuel’s requests for federal resources. We remain hopeful that they will also provide added DEA and FBI agents, that they will boost the prosecution rate for federal gun crimes in Chicago, and that they will provide funding for successful violence prevention efforts.”

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Vietnamese beef stew blends flavors of multiple spices and cultures – Christian Science Monitor

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The other day the taste I wanted was a particular combination of beef and lemongrass and spice. And I wanted sauce, and plenty of it. This is a recipe we've been tinkering with for years. The basic elements are aromatic and reassuring in a very

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McLaren Named to National Beef Board – The Missourian

Local businessman Bill McLaren, owner of Crooked Creek Beef, was appointed Dec. 23 to the Cattlemen’s National Beef Promotion and Research Board by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

McLaren, one of 39 appointments, will serve a three-year term on the 100-member board.

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board consists of domestic beef, dairy and veal producers, as well as importers of beef and beef products.

McLaren is a fourth-generation beef producer. His family has raised beef just west of St. Louis, in Franklin County, for more than 125 years.

He has served the beef industry in several roles to date, including Missouri Farm Bureau Beef Committee chairman, American Farm Bureau National Beef committee member and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association member.

He also is the co-owner of McLaren Grading, a large St. Louis grading company, and Haue Valley, a rustic wedding venue located in Pacific on one of his family’s century farms.

McLaren and Haue Valley have hosted the Missouri Beef Industry Council’s State Chefs Tour for the last three years.

McLaren raises beef on two family farms in Franklin County totaling approximately 700 acres. The farm’s proximity to St. Louis and urban areas provides him with a perspective different than that of many farmers.

Crooked Creek Beef is a provider of locally raised and processed beef in the St. Louis area.

“It is a great honor to serve the Missouri cattle industry in this capacity,” said McLaren. “I look forward to working with other board members to advance the beef industry in the United States.”

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SW Beef Symposium set for Jan. 11-12 – Deming Headlight


ROSWELL, N.M. – The Southwest Beef Symposium, a two-state educational program jointly hosted by New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 11-12, at the Roswell Convention Center, 912 N. Main St. in Roswell.

This year’s theme will be “What’s to Follow Historic Times?” said Dr. Bruce Carpenter, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist in Fort Stockton, Texas. “After several years of very favorable cattle prices for cow-calf and stocker producers, the drastic drop we’re seeing in the cattle market now has various segments of the industry wondering what to do for income, production and profit. The goal of this symposium is to provide answers to those questions.”

Individual early registration is $75 and includes a steak dinner on Jan. 11, lunch on Jan. 12, refreshments and symposium proceedings. Early registration is required by Jan. 6. To register, and for more information, visit the symposium website,, or contact Carpenter at 432-336-8585,

The opening session from 1-5 p.m. on Jan. 11 will address emerging big-picture issues in the global beef industry.

Issues and speakers will be:

  • Global Factors Affecting U.S. Beef Demand and What Are Others Expecting from the U.S.,  Leann Saunders, IMI Global president.
  • Sustainability, What Is It? What Does It Really Mean?,” Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef specialist, Amarillo.
  • What Happened to the Calf Market?”  Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
  • Key Performance Indicators for Cow-Calf Producers, Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo.  

The second day will focus on cow-calf and stocker ranching and production operations.

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White House has beef with EU trade rules – Washington Examiner (blog)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced Thursday that this office was moving against the European Union over the bloc’s ban on U.S. beef.

Froman said the EU’s ban on U.S. beef was “not based on sound science and discriminates against American beef farmers, ranchers and producers” and violates World Trade Organization standards. He said that if the ban stands, the U.S. would reinstate “industry-supported tariffs” on a variety of EU imports.

“The EU has failed to live up to assurances to address this issue, and it’s now time to take action. Today’s action holds the EU accountable and is an important step in encouraging the [European] Commission to come back to the table to ensure that American ranchers have access to Europe’s market and that European consumers have better access to high-quality U.S. beef,” Froman said. The office will hold hearings and solicit public comments on the ban and how to respond, he said.

The U.S. beef industry exports an average $6 billion per year and employs an estimated 50,000 people, according to the trade representative’s office. Europeans have said that use of hormones in the U.S. industry raises questions about the safety of the stock and acted to restrict imports in 1998. The U.S. has dismissed those concerns, pointing out that no reputable study has shown any harm.

“There is no doubt that American beef products are safe. The 20-year EU ban has been in effect far too long. It is not based on fact and should be lifted,” said Rep. Collin Peterson of North Dakota, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee. “The beef industry is an important contributor to our nation’s economy, especially rural economy. This announcement is welcome news for America’s beef producers.”

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Beef Wellington recipe –

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Beef Wellington recipe

2 Pound Beef Tenderloin

Salt, Black pepper to taste

2 T Butter

¼ C Dijon Mustard

1 Sheet Puff Pastry

1 Egg Yolk

1 T Milk

For the Duxelles:

  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms
  • 1 T Butter
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tsp Black Pepper

Add mushrooms to a food processor and process until well chopped, very small diced.

In a pan over medium heat, add mushroom paste, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the mixture evenly over the surface and cook on a medium-low heat until the moisture in the paste has reduced and the mixture has the consistency of a spreadable pâté. Remove from heat and let cool.

Add butter and some olive oil to a skillet. Pat beef dry and season with salt and pepper. When the fat is hot add the beef to the skillet and sear on all sides to golden brown. 1-2 minutes per side. Cool the filet and brush with Dijon mustard

On a cutting board put the puff pastry down and roll out to ¾ original thickness. Spread Mushroom mixture over the pastry. Place filet over the center and carefully wrap in the pastry. Enclosing the ends.

Chill the wellington down in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. Brush the outside with egg and milk mixture. Place on a parchment paper lined sheet pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the wellington reaches 120 degrees. Remove and let rest 10 minutes.

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Vegans Shriek at Beef Tallow in UK 5 Pound Note – National Review Online

Vegans in the UK are upset that they will have to touch money that contains a bit of beef tallow. From a column in The Guardian:

Few industries are as secretive as the one that murders 22m animals each day in the UK alone, and the driving force for that shiftiness is a lust for profit.

So the way the Bank of England tried to sneak out money containing animal products seems a fitting metaphor for the entire filthy racket.

Oh the horror.

Animals can’t be “murdered,” only people. Comparing the evil of unlawful homicide with malice aforethought with the humane slaughter of food animals is an example of anti-humanism with malice aforethought.

That point aside, I think it is great that we make so many productive uses of the animals we consume. 

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Beef with 'Rief: Special teams, turnovers; recipe for disaster for Saints – WDSU New Orleans


Special teams, special teams and special teams.


Yes, I said special teams three times because that’s how many games they’ve cost the New Orleans Saints this season. It’s about time for Sean Payton to look deep and hard at special teams.

Another Wil Lutz field goal was, once again, blocked and returned this week. Luckily, the block in the back stopped it from being the third one returned for points.

The field goal unit is having serious issues, whether it’s a low kick by Lutz, which he’s done a few times this season, or poor blocking. Thursday’s blocked field goal turned into a last second touchdown for the Panthers — points the Saints couldn’t afford to give up in that game.

It doesn’t stop there on special teams. They also have a hard time in the return game.

Marcus Murphy takes in a kickoff near the sideline instead of letting it go out of bounds. The Saints started at their own 1 yard line and were forced to punt, giving the Panthers great field position. What did the Panthers do with it? They scored points thanks to a Graham Gano field goal. Might I add once again, three points the Saints didn’t need to give up when you look at the final score.

So when you look at it this season, they lost to the New York Giants thanks to a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown. They lost to the Denver Broncos on a blocked extra-point returned for two points.

Payton needs to do something, whether change coaches, schemes or personnel. I don’t know what he wants or needs to do, but something needs to happen because it’s just too sloppy on special teams. The Saints’ special teams have really only been special for opposing teams.

Hey, it’s not only the special teams contributing to the Saints woes this season. How about all the turnovers in some of these close losses. They turned it over six times in the last two games. Drew Brees’ committed two in the loss to the Panthers. Those six turnovers accounted for 23 points. If you throw in the blocked field goal and blocked extra point, that’s nine more points. How bothersome is that if you’re the Saints? You’ve given the opponent 32 points in the last two games. I think that would drive me just as crazy as the special teams if I’m Payton or Brees.

The funny thing about their loss to the Panthers, if you looked at all the stats without looking at the final score, you would have thought the Saints won that game by 14 points. Of course, the only stat that mattered was the one that said turnovers. Brees had a fumble and interception that were costly as I already mentioned.

Look, the defense played a pretty good game for the most part. They unfortunately spent most of the first half on the wrong side of the 50 yard line. The one bad play was having linebacker Craig Robertson on Panthers receiver Ted Ginn Jr. on that touchdown before the half. Honestly, Robertson was in great coverage, Ginn just made a good play to haul in that pass from Cam Newton. The defense was applying pressure for most of the game, leaving Newton uncomfortable. The Saints held the Panthers to 223 total yards. I know the Panthers don’t have a high powers offense, but the Saints held them to 3.6 yards per play and 1.9 rushing yards per carry. The defense has really stepped up its productivity the last two games and they will need that with six games left.

You have to understand the margin of error for this team is very slim. They just can’t afford any of these mistakes and turnovers. The Saints have now lost five games by a total of 15 points. I find that very mind blowing, but that’s the difference of being 6-4 or 7-3 instead of the Saints’ current 4-6 record. The Saints will probably be kicking themselves at the end of the season if they finish 8-8 or 7-9, after blowing some of those games.

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Klement's recalls beef, pork products in Michigan – The Detroit News

Michigan is among the states where a company has recalled about 1,689 pounds of beef and pork products that may be contaminated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday.

The ready-to-eat beef and pork snack stick products from Milwaukee-based Klement’s Sausage Co. Inc. were produced on May 13, officials said. They were identified as 1-oz. plastic packages containing 2 pieces of “Klement’s Original Snack Sticks Naturally Hardwood Smoked No Msg Added Gluten Free” with a sell by date of Nov. 16, 2017, and case code of 3262.

The recalled products have an establishment number “EST. 2426B” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Besides Michigan, the items were shipped to vending distributors in Iowa and Wisconsin.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them,” federal officials said in a statement. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

The contamination was found Oct. 6, when a consumer filed a complaint with the Food Safety and Inspection Service Des Moines District Office, according to the notice.

“The FSIS Eastern Laboratory found several additional pieces of foreign material ranging in size from 1 to 4.88 mm in other unopened packages,” the statement read. “The company has received one report of an oral injury associated with consumption of these products.”

Consumers with questions about the recall are asked to call (414) 744-2330, extension 273.

The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday.

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