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Whole Foods Recalls Ground Beef

Found on MSNBC with a 5:02 PM time stamp: Whole Foods recalling possibly tainted beef

WASHINGTON – Whole Foods Market is recalling fresh ground beef sold between June 2 through Aug. 6 because the beef might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The company has received reports that seven people in Massachusetts and two people in Pennsylvania who shopped at Whole Foods Market became ill, said spokeswoman Libba Letton.

Letton said the company’s recalled beef was processed at the Nebraska Beef plant linked to the E. coli outbreak this summer. Federal health authorities say there have been 49 confirmed illnesses tied to that outbreak.

Even stores with their own butchers aren’t safe from the contagion. There should be a mandatory pasturing law, at least two weeks before slaughter, before more people end up in hospitals. Food inspections by emergency room doctors is not a very efficient system.

15 comments

1 mapaghimagsik { 08.09.08 at 1:31 am }

I would be happy if they started feeding the cows grass more.

2 Michael { 08.09.08 at 8:01 am }

Food inspections by emergency room doctors is not a very efficient system.

It is if the goal of your system is to keep the cattle ranchers and the beef lobby happy.

3 Bryan { 08.09.08 at 1:21 pm }

Map, if you let the cows eat grass their digestive system destroys the really bad version of E. coli naturally. It’s grain feeding that allows it to develop. Everyone in the business knows this, but factory farming doesn’t allow it.

Hell, Michael, there are ranchers who want to do extra testing to certify their beef as disease free, but agri-business is using the FDA to prevent it. The concentrated feeding and over medication increases profit potential, so to hell with consumers.

4 hipparchia { 08.09.08 at 2:37 pm }

over medication increases profit potential, so to hell with consumers.

An estimated 70 percent [pdf] of all U.S. antibiotics and related drugs are used nontherapeutically in animal agriculture.

and then the drug companies can make even more money by developing expensive new antibiotics as the old ones lose effectiveness from indiscriminate use.

5 Bryan { 08.09.08 at 9:03 pm }

The drugs are in the food we eat, and even the water we drink because of ground water contamination by factory farms. The tainted peppers from Mexico were infected by irrigation water, salmonella doesn’t naturally occur on peppers.

Factory farms will kill us all with their methods.

6 hipparchia { 08.10.08 at 1:50 am }

either that, or they’ll breed a superr-race of us who are resistant to their meanest germs.

7 Bryan { 08.10.08 at 2:46 pm }

The cockroaches have that slot taken, Hipparchia.

8 hipparchia { 08.10.08 at 3:38 pm }

granted, the cockroaches are ahead of us, but we could always join them.

9 Bryan { 08.10.08 at 4:41 pm }

I’ll opt out of that, thank you. I consider them the enemy based on years of combat.

10 hipparchia { 08.10.08 at 7:34 pm }

gee, and here i’ve always considered them neighbors [although i used to have a cat that considered them cat toys].

11 Bryan { 08.10.08 at 8:32 pm }

You may be thinking of palmetto bugs, which are a whole lot bigger, and generally are treated as toys by cats.

12 hipparchia { 08.10.08 at 9:21 pm }

yep, he looooooved palmetto bugs, but the smaller ones, the real cockroaches, were always secondary prey after he finished maiming all the pametto bugs in sight.

curmudgeon cat is a bird specialist, and the feral-ish crew are fly and gnat specialists. curmudgeon cat has come to accept a lot of things about the interlopers, but apparently they are NOT allowed to even look at the birds through the windows, so they have to settle for smaller prey too.

13 Bryan { 08.10.08 at 10:00 pm }

Property, the little grrrrrrrrrrrrrl, is a fly specialists, and woe betides anyone who attempts to intervene, because she will use them to launch herself after a fly. She likes them on the wing, whereas the boys wait for them to land.

14 hipparchia { 08.10.08 at 10:14 pm }

mine all seem to like trapping them against the walls. any excuse to make loud thudding noises. 😛

15 Bryan { 08.10.08 at 10:18 pm }

Running into the scratching post is louder and more satisfying for my crew.