The Morning Brew: 3.4

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The U.S. spends around $152 million each year to treat food-borne illnesses. Federal statistics places annual food-borne illnesses at 76 million, with 5,000 deaths. Groups like Make Our Food Safe hope these findings will jump start the stalled federal food safety legislation. (Business Week, Wall Street Journal)

North Carolina's Randolph Packing Company recalls 96,000 pounds of beef suspected of E. coli contamination. Products had been sent for further processing in Missouri and Illinois before the possible contamination was discovered. (U.S. Recall News)

McDonald's jumps on the Drive-Thru Diet bandwagon by partnering with Weight Watchers. The program's only available in New Zealand and doesn't offer new menu items; it just rearranges old stuff into lower-calorie combos. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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