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.
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