When you eat animal products, you’re signing up to eat poop. Here is a recent example of poopy products. From the FDA:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 20, 2009 — den Dulk Poultry Farms of Ripon CA. is voluntarily recalling their Organic brown eggs as a precaution because the eggs have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Salmonella is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. [...]
The recalled eggs were distributed to Costco and Safeway in Northern California, as far South as Fresno, and in western Nevada.
And from the CDC:
Salmonella live in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals, including birds. Salmonella are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal. Contaminated foods are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk, or eggs, but any food, including vegetables, may become contaminated [through cross-contamination]. Thorough cooking kills Salmonella. Food may also become contaminated by the hands of an infected food handler who did not wash hands with soap after using the bathroom. [...]
Every year, approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the United States. Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections may be thirty or more times greater [or 1.2 million cases of salmonellosis in the US each year]. Salmonellosis is more common in the summer than winter.
Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The rate of diagnosed infections in children less than five years old is about five times higher than the rate in all other persons. Young children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised are the most likely to have severe infections. It is estimated that approximately 400 persons die each year with acute salmonellosis. [emphasis added]
The CDC warns to cook animal products properly, never to eat raw eggs, and to avoid cross-contamination. The thing is, those warnings would prevent salmonella poisoning 100%. So why issue a recall of contaminated eggs when the problem could be prevented by the consumer?
Because the consumer doesn’t realize the risk is so great. The consumer doesn’t take enough preventive measures. The consumer winds up killing the people they feed.
Remember who dies from salmonella? It’s “young children, frail or elderly people” or said another way, it’s people who have the little choice to choose healthier foods. They are the babies and children who require parental care. They are the sick and frail in hospitals and nursing homes. They don’t make a free choice to accept the risks associated with eating animal products.