E. Coli Scare Prompts Beef Recall

Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. has recalled over four tons of beef after an E. coli scare.

Coming on the coattails of a massive egg recall of 550 million eggs by two Iowa farms due to an outbreak of salmonella, this recall is yet another in a long string of examples of the health risks associated with a diet of animal proteins.

Cargill has recalled 8,500 pounds of ground beef that was distributed to BJ’s Wholesale Club stores on the East Coast. Cargill issued the recall after three people were infected with E. coli, two in Maine and one other in New York.

The strain of E. coli the consumers contracted is 026, which in extreme cases can cause kidney failure. The USDA is urging consumers to check their freezers for meat that may be contaminated and to throw away any ground beef that bears the specific product codes associated with the recall.

The three people who have been infected as a result of this contaminated meat did not require hospitalization.

Whenever there is a large recall of eggs, beef, dairy, or any other animal product, there is a dramatic chance to have a cultural discussion about the role of factory farming, mass production of animal products, and the health risks and ethical concerns of using animals for food. Sadly, this dialogue is often muted, distorted or ignored.

Given the unsanitary conditions that permeate the majority of factory farms – from animals wallowing in their own excrement and urine, trapped in rusty cages and pens, walking over the dead and diseased bodies of other animals — it is a wonder outbreaks of diseases like E. coli aren’t even more common than they are.

With every outbreak of E. coli or salmonella, and with every new study linking meat and dairy and eggs to cancer, heart disease, or obesity, there is a new reason to give up eating animal products altogether.

Animal products are more than just a death sentence for every animal on a farm, it’s a death sentence for the human race as we infect ourselves with heart disease and cancer. It’s a death sentence as the antibiotics used in such great quantity breed more drug resistant bacteria. It’s a death sentence as the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, and the industrial waste leaked into the waterways, destroys our planet.

Go vegan for your health, stay vegan for the animals, spread veganism for the planet.

Photo: Southern Foodways Alliance

160 comments

Carol Cowbrough
Carol C7 years ago

Have already been considering it for awhile now. Just haven't yet taken the plunge.

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April Thompson
April Thompson7 years ago

We just really need to be careful what we eat!

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Karen C.
Karen C7 years ago

I need to eat meat for health reasons but try to eat sustainable seafood and other products. I eat red meat about once or twice a week. Instead of insulting people who eat meat let's try to change their minds if that is your preference.
I'm concerned about why the FDA isn't able to enforce rules to keep people safe from eggs, meat, spinach, peanut butter, etc
We need a safe food supply and we need the government to police manufacturers of these products more strictly with true consequence when they fail to meet safety standards. Let's get the manufacturers where they care their pocket books.
How many violations has Cargill had and is this their first recall?

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Cynthia M. T.
Cynthia T7 years ago

I applaud all those who have made a change in their diet to become healthier, whatever diet they choose, but I just hope they have all the facts about that diet. Some do it just for health reasons. Others do it for ethical reasons. To each his own. But what if we all did it for health AND ethical reasons? I was a meateater for many years (organic only, but a few books changed what I ate. I never thought it would happen to me, but it did. No, I'm' not a vegan, yet. I eat those foods that keep me healthy. The most profound book I read is called "The China Study" by Dr. T. Collin Campbell. Thorough research on plant and animals proteins, confirmed for me that I needed to change my diet to plant proteins only, or at least 95% of my diet. I still eat some fish, but nothing else. And it's not just about being ethical. Yes, I love animals. But I also want to live a long, healthy life. The China Study proved to me that animal protein 'turns on' cancer cells, as well as numerous other diseases, but plant proteins turn them off. I also don't support exploitation of any living being, so I stopped eating dairy and eggs. Cow's milk really is for cows only. It has way too much protein for humans. I don't even eat honey anymore and I love honey! But the majority of beekeepers don't let the bees eat their own honey during the winter and that's why they make it. They give them sugar water instead! Too much greed. Please do your homework and read the China Study. It may change your life!

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Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

Make more awarness campains to stop people eating meat

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Petra Luna
Petra Luna7 years ago

I'm already vegetarian. When beef (cows) are affected, maybe the milk is too, and the eggs are contaminated. Maybe I should just go the rest of the way.

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Neda E.
Neda E7 years ago

@ Diane L. Re: E. coli showing up in lettuce and other produce.

E. coli is a mammalian disease/bacterium, which originates in the gut and therefore the waste of mammals. Thus, the only way for e. coli to be in or on plants such as lettuce or cucumbers would be that they came in contact with (most likely the fecal matter of) a mammal- most likely from the waste stream of a (factory) farm.

Again, e. coli is NOT a plant disease. It is only found on plants that are contaminated by animal waste or remains that harbor the eschericia coli bacterium.

Therefore, the practices of factory farming and intensive methods of raising animals are now posing a contamination risk for produce. This is unfair and unjust not only to omnivores but to those of us that do not eat meat because we want to avoid the various illnesses that can be contracted from eating animal products...

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Christine L.
Christine L.7 years ago

Stop eating animals. Simple as that.

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Martille M.
MOREL Martille7 years ago

tant que les animaux de fermes seront considérés comme des produits aux lieu d'être vivant nous seront de plus en plus contaminés par toutes sortes de maladies et nous l'aurons bien cherché, si tout le monde pourvait comprendre qu'il y va de la vie de l'espèce humaine les élevages intensifs n'existeraient même plus. Je suis végétarienne et super heureuse de l'être car ma priorité dans la vie ce sont les animaux quels qu'ils soient la nature leur appartient à nous de la leur rendre.Boycottons toute cette pauvre viande issue de la souffrance animale et de la médiocrité humaine nous pouvons vivre sans viande ou alors pour les inconditionnels de celle -ci qu'ils se battent vraiment pour manger mieux et sainement. Tant que nous laisserons faire les multinationales , nous n'auront que des problèmes de santé ou autre
Martille

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Diane L.
Diane L7 years ago

(cont)......just to be clear, I'd never criticize anyone for poor spelling, but when somebody comes in and says something as rude as "CAN YOU READ?", that gets the hair on the back of my neck raised and I want to get out my boxing gloves! To me, ridiculing (or trying to) someone under the guise of being un-intelligent is hypocritical when the person saying such nonsense is very mis-informed. What amazes me is the number of people who go off on rants about being "vegan" on every issue in Care.2, and the only answer I can come up with is that going without protein has addled their brains and they are so insecure, they feel the need to attack others who feel differently. Me? I'm retired, bored to death right now, so have all the time in the world to defend what I feel is right, and knowing the facts BEFORE running my mouth is also something I have time to research. Just out of curiousity, why quote people like Mark Twain? I do believe he ate meat, BTW. THANK YOU, Laura, but please don't quite Care.2 because of the loud-mouthed, opinionated and mis-informed.

Cherie, poor farming practices indeed contribute to outbreaks of E-coli, but pesticides have no relativity (not healthy, but E-coli isn't one of the problems there. Nor does what the animal is fed have a thing to do with it. As Laura said, eat organic, know the source of your food and know your facts.

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