Sunday, October 08, 2006

Where's the beef

Who knew that spinach could be related to beef? Friday, a company in Iowa voluntarily recalled 5200 pounds of ground beef products from seven states because they could have been contaminated by the same E.Coli strain that tainted spinach - according to an article from the Houston Chronicle.
E. coli lives in the intestines of cattle and other animals and typically is linked to contamination by fecal material. It's believed responsible for about 60 deaths and 73,000 infections a year in the United States. The potentially deadly strain can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.

The Iowa recall is the first significant one involving ground beef since a Tennessee company recalled some 4,300 pounds in early August, also because of possible E. coli contamination.
This case is getting more and more interesting. Since there is a criminal investigation now taking place with the spinach California company, I wonder if that triggered this voluntary beef recall. I also wonder if other voluntary recalls will take place. Hmmmmm...

7 comments:

Julie, RN said...

Doesn't ANYBODY wash their hands anymore?
Maybe the farmers in Iowa fed the tainted spinach to the cows...

Moof said...

Okay! What we need is an E-coli vaccine! ;o)

(I can just imagine the havoc that would wreak in a gut! *LOL*)

Anonymous said...

I liked it better when it was just spinach.

Sarebear said...

Course, just washing hands doesn't do it. A month into my marriage, I made a quiche. I washed my hands after quickly cracking the eggs into a bowl; washed for the recommended time.

I got sick, my hubby didn't (guess I cooked it long enough so's the quiche was safe; we threw out the remainders anyway).

The pain was comparable to labor, altho I didn't know that at the time, not having had a baby yet. We had no insurance so I toughed it out at home, but I was on the very verge of kidney problems from dehydration (even a drop of water passing my lips caused violent stuff) . . . I've had a kidney infection before, so I could tell things were feeling serious.

ANYWAY! I washed my hands for the recommended time, and got sick just from touching the eggs. I never ever ever ever want food poisoning again ever ever!!!

At least when you're in labor, you get a nice cuddly baby after, lol.

Sarebear said...

I've never been so frickin' thirsty in my entire life, and yet so afraid of a drop of water for the hell it'd put me through . . .

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wolfbaby said...

Is it me or is this thing just getting bigger and bigger?