In a year-long investigation, The Kansas City Star found a beef industry with hidden  health hazards.

While industry officials maintain that beef is safer than ever, reporter Mike McGraw and Kansas City Star reporters analyzed data and studied thousands of documents, studies,

Screen shot of Kansas City Star's project on the beef industry

lawsuits, government audits and research reporters obtained through a dozen state and federal Freedom of Information Action requests.

The resulting project is a three-part series published this week.

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Kansas City Star also collaborated with Harvest Public Media on this project.