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Woman's Shattered Life Shows Ground Beef Inspection Flaws


Health & Wellness  (tags: beef, hamburger, E. coli, grocers, contamination, slaughterhouses, FDA, cows, meat, Angus, Beef, Patties, risks, health, disease, food, humans, illness, warning, government, dishonesty, cover-up, investigation )

Tom
- 1909 days ago - nytimes.com
Many big slaughterhouses will sell only to grinders who agree not to test their shipments for E. coli. Tens of thousands of people are still sickened annually by this pathogen, federal health officials estimate, with hamburger being the biggest culprit.



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Betsy Bee (1038)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 5:00 pm
I am glad I am a vegetarian. Thanks, Tom. This news confirms my instinct to become a vegetarian.
 

Caitlin Olson (0)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 6:27 pm
i had no idea how hamburger was made...now i do, and it sickens me...how can the publics good health be overridden by the corporations need for a good bottom line (no pun intended) Ms. Smith has been robbed of her lifes love and work, and all we can do is say a prayer for her, and for others like her...and cook our hamburger until it is dead twice...maybe we need a bouycot...how dare they make their needs more important than even one persons life...what they did to Ms. Smith constitutes attempted murder...
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 6:28 pm
Caitiln you didnt know??? Well Ya do now and its pretty nasty stuff....LOL

Big goirlly Hugs
 

Tierney G. (383)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 7:16 pm
If this article does not kill your appetite for meat I don't know what would. YUCK no thanks!! I am glad to be a vegan.
 

Charlene S. (126)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 8:16 pm
I, too, an a vegetarian so let those who eat meat eat this and get sick, it's what they deserve.
 

Mary Neal (187)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 8:17 pm
Thanks for this warnign.

Medium rare is out of style. Cook it done, please.
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 8:21 pm
Well Charrlene I have friends that still eat meat and really dont wish them sick. I do want to inform them of what they are eating though. No I dont think they deserve it for they no not what they really eat. I dearly love my vegan friends but are too harsh at times to the meat eaters and it causes such strife then they really dont wanna listen. Does that make any sense?? You and I and the rest that dont eat meat must inform nicley...We will win someday sweetheart just dont get too mad at them...

Big Goirlly Hugs
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 9:01 pm
I totally agree Gorilly Girl........I grew up in GA on a farm where we raised and sold and ate animals. So I know how deeply entrenched meat eating can be in people. You can't yell and scream at meat eaters that what they do is disgusting or that they deserve to what they get. It makes them think you are crazy and how dare you tell them what they should or should not eat. It is better to educate nicely and to fight for reform of animal industry first before demanding complete total bans like many people do. I know some will probably yell at me for my opinion on that but if some one does, they just prove my point.
Don't get me wrong, I am completely against animal cruelty in all forms I just don't think the methods of some are practical in making others stop eating meat. At least not where I live.
 

Carol W. (119)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 12:19 am
Just thirty years ago our meat was all local and you got the cuts you expected. We ground our own hamburger sometimes.
I quite eating meat when I didn't live at home. My grandfather quit eating at fast foods and restaurants in the early 80's because of aids. (o:

I met people who quit eating meat for so many other reasons;
poor animals, but they had leather couches. or, the vibrations interfered with meditation. or, the adrenalin of their death was passed on and that's why meat eaters are more aggressive. or...

I quit only for my health. Then we have the pesticide, Monsanto elites, Dole is poison, to contend with.
I'am definitely more angry and against the idea of deadly pesticides, hormones, anti-biotics, etc.. , polution they cause, etc... and there is NO club for vegetarianism like mine. (Not a cult, not adrenalin, not because some are raised for the purpose of meat, ... but the honest common sense health concerns.

This is a sad story.
You beat me to it.
I saw it earlier but only posted it here, today.
TY
 

mary f. (182)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 1:30 am
i'm glad i don't eat meat
 

Karen S. (106)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 3:48 am
Thanks Tom. I know enough about the production of commercial meat to stay away from it. We have been growing our own meat so I know where it is coming from and how it was treated and what it was fed. Every time my freezer gets low I think of the prospect of not being able to fill it with home-grown. That's when my thoughts turn to becoming vegetarian.

A great big hairy hug for you Gorilly Girl cuz I can't send you a green star.
 

Sir Walk F. (124)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 8:14 am
More good reasons to source ALL your food from local farms you KNOW and TRUST.
 

JULIE ANN Z. (247)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 10:14 am
MAYBE THIS WILL GET IT ACROSS TO POEPLE THAT EATING ANIMAL FLESH IS WRONG.

the big aguriculture companies do not care about the public except for the money they get from them. they care only about how much money they make, not how safe or healthy the food is.

it is disgusting animals are used for food, but to use sick or hurt animals is barbaric. to not make sure the meat is safe before going to stores is simple irresponsible greed on the part of the meat company.

IT IS TIME TO LIVE WITH COMPASSION AND STOP USING ANIMALS FOR FOOD, EXPERIEMENTS, TESTING, ENTERTIANMENT.

 

cowboss at wscc (68)
Wednesday October 7, 2009, 12:45 pm
Goes to show how disconnected the consumer has become to the "food system". All the "average consumer of today" wants is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP -- "Don't tell me how it was raised and with what, Just tell me that it is CHEAP! -- Don't ask me to visit the farm and see how the animal was raised, if I do I won't be able to eat it! Talk about Disconnect!"

cowboss
 

Lynda L. (96)
Thursday October 8, 2009, 2:46 am
We pay Government officials to inspect our food,, isn't that the FDA sticker we're supposed to look at on meat,and think.."Oh this is inspected and safe"..BS!! Glad I don't eat meat but I know people who do who should read this, Just like too many things we pay government officials to do...what again??? Oh ya nothing, lol thanks, Tom..
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 8, 2009, 7:05 am
In Germany, where I lived until 5 years ago, the law says the meat has to be ground within the past 2 hours (not sure, but it's hours, maybe 5, not DAYS) before sale at the butcher's. Normally you go to the butcher's and ask for ground whatever and he/she takes the chunks lying in front of you on display and grinds them in front of you. And it should be consumed before the day is over. This is also because it is tradition to eat ground beef and sometimes pord raw. There are no pre-ground patties sold in the supermarket like here in the U.S. How McDonald's handles that I don't know, I'm sure they have an exception since they run the world next to a handful of other big corporations.
 

Amy M. (2)
Thursday October 8, 2009, 7:41 am
Getting everyone to become a vegetarian is not going to happen. That is the reality of this world. Believe me, I think that the meat industry is very cruel to these poor animals and something needs to be done about it. I think that we should be making sure that our food is antibiotic free meat, that these animals have adequate space while herding, they are being fed grass and chemical free feed, and they are not having to stand in their own feces their entire life. There should be government regulations on this. I also think that more stores should adapt to Costco's regulations of testing all meat and grinding the meat themself. If more stores did this, then the meat industry would have to change. If that causes the price of meat to go up, so be it. It is the right thing to do. I pay double price from a local farm for fresh meat and it is worth it to my family and my concious. Those of you shouting "Go Vegetarian, you evil animal eaters." should take a step back and look at the circle of life. In the wild, animals eat each other because that is their nature. We have all lost touch of that with our urban ways of life. People have eaten meat forever. As a vegetarian myself, I understand that we can make that choice to spare the meat, but for some people it is against their human nature. They can be a vegetarian if they want to, but shoving it down their throat is not going to happen. I do think over time, more and more people will be vegetarians.
 

Anumpeshi Aduddell (227)
Thursday October 8, 2009, 9:59 am
When you eat meat you become immoral, you have no will,you are cannibal eating animal,everything you eat,will eventually eat you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Deborah B. (65)
Thursday October 8, 2009, 9:26 pm
Thank you, Tom. I chose veganism long ago. It is disparate that the American public looks to other countries as being tainted in their supplies of just about everything when the U.S. is as bad or even more often worse. Ignorance or an appetite that just doesn't care will perpetuate this travesty for a long time without much help from the government and big business.
 

Catherine O Neill (73)
Saturday October 10, 2009, 4:09 pm
I'm a meat eater I love my hot dogs & hamburgers. BTW I'm not immoral nor am I a Cannibal I find that comment very insulting.I am entitled to my own choices in life.I never insult another for their decisions so what makes it right to insult us meat eaters.
 

Cherida Hivale (73)
Monday November 2, 2009, 7:15 am
I totally agree with Gorily Girl - we have to be patient. The thought of animals suffering and dying each day does horrible things to my brain too, but the world will change slowly. And insulting meat eaters isn't going to help - it only serves to irritate and offend. The reason most people hate PETA is because they can be too aggressive, don't get me wrong; they have achieved a lot but at the same time, if you wan't people to listen to you, you have a greater chance if you're calm, rational and understanding.
I ate meat right since childhood, without thinking about it; and I loved animals. Contradictory though it may seem. The reason, I think was, because I was too far from the killing - when it came to me on my plate, already cooked, I didn't associate it with an animal - it was simply a cutlet or a steak - not a chicken or a goat or a cow. I started thinking about it as I got older, gradually eliminating most meats til I was down to chicken and fish occasionally. And then one day, I watched a video documenting the slaughter and that was it - I haven't been able to stomach the smell or even the thought of meat since then.
So I do understand how hard it is to give up meat. But I do believe that more and more, people will turn to vegetarianism - I already see it happening. Vegetarianism is easier in India, as it is primarily a vegetarian culture, so I'm lucky in that respect. I also believe that Vegetarianism and Veganism are a state of evolution that humans will arrive at eventually - either through choice or necessity. Till then, if we prod and encourage rather than attack, we might help turn more people on to the idea.
 

Ian MacLeod (79)
Wednesday January 13, 2010, 9:04 pm
I read somewhere long ago that, "The stomach of man was never meant to be the graveyard of other animals." Just in the past few years, when I go shopping I ALWAYS read the ingredients lists. That's usually enough to stop me from buying much, at least since I became familiar with what ingredients are likely to be or contain GMO, pesticides and so on. Now, with meat, the numbers of inspectors have dropped like a rock since Bush, and they were far too low then. One inspector mentioned a shipment of seafood, shrimp I think, that was rotten and encased in the slime of decomposition. The sellers hit it with salt and a high-pressure rinse and submitted it again! It was rejected again, but the fourth time they tried it at another city and dock it was bought! In another incident a peanut processor had seven tests for e. Coli done on a batch he knew to be contaminated, then used the one that had acceptable levels (!) to sell it. That one was caught, though many people still got sick, but it's an example of what's happening everywhere now, with the big Multinationals taking control of the entire food supply. After I learned Big Ag's factory farming/ranching and processing methods on TOP of what they and NAFTA, with the help of US gov't subsidies had done to Mexican and other farmers, I simply could no longer eat meat that had been raised, tortured, poisoned, and then killed in that way. I simply don't see my dumbed-down and propagandized fellow country-folk getting together in sufficient numbers to change the basic problem: an inside coup of the government by corporate families and their minions. I was an ovo/lacto vegetarian for 12 years. This time I think I'll end up taking it farther and probably become vegan. I'll make exceptions now and then; I don't do "fanatic" of any sort well, but those will likely be things I caught, raised, hunted or the like. And it will be done traditionally, with respect and total use. As the poisoning of our country continues to accelerate, however, even that will, I expect, fall off.

Ian
 
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