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Koster: Butcher Shop Sells Ground Beef Mixed with Cow Heart

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John's Butcher Shoppe in Overland

John’s Butcher Shoppe in Overland

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KMOX) – They thought they were buying ground beef, but ended up with something else. Missouri’s Attorney General Chris Koster is getting involved.

He filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of local consumers who unknowingly brought the ground beef laced with cow heart.

The suit seeks full restitution and penalties against John’s Butcher Shoppe in Overland and Festus.

Koster has said he has never tried cow’s heart himself, but says the issue is not one of taste or food safety, but rather dishonest labeling and defrauding consumers with cheaper filler.

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