The Morning Brew: Friday, 2.29



Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer rejects a ban on "downer" cattle in the food supply in light of the Westland/Hallmark beef recall. Schafer also believes the current penalties for companies that violate USDA regulations are tough enough. (Washington Post)

Companies that purchased meat from Westland/Hallmark worry that insurance won't cover their losses. The article is a bit technical, but a good inside look at the working of the meat industry. (Wall Street Journal)

British retailer Marks & Spencer has begun charging customers who want plastic bags. (Reuters)

-Ian Froeb