The New York Times has a piece out now about e coli:
“Meat companies and grocers have been barred from selling ground beef tainted by the virulent strain of E. coli known as O157:H7 since 1994, after an outbreak at Jack in the Box restaurants left four children dead. Yet tens of thousands of people are still sickened annually by this pathogen, federal health officials estimate, with hamburger being the biggest culprit. Ground beef has been blamed for 16 outbreaks in the last three years alone, including the one that left Ms. Smith paralyzed from the waist down. This summer, contamination led to the recall of beef from nearly 3,000 grocers in 41 states.”
“Ms. Smith’s reaction to the virulent strain of E. coli was extreme, but tracing the story of her burger, through interviews and government and corporate records obtained by The New York Times, shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble.”
I live in Vegas, my husband is a poker pro, yet I won’t take those odds.
If you’re rational and you care about your health and safety you’ll stop gambling so much with food-borne disease and you’ll go vegan, too.
Story and video here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/health/04meat.html
(Thanks to Mimi for the link.)