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US recalls ground beef over E.coli worries

- A US meat processing firm is recalling some 2,360 kilograms of ground beef possibly tainted by E. coli bacteria, health officials said, just weeks after several people died from contaminated fresh spinach.

The US Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that the Harlan, Iowa firm Jim's Market and Locker was voluntarily calling back the ground beef shipped to seven midwest states.

"The problem was discovered through microbiological testing. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product," the agency said in a statement.

Reminder: the particularly virulent strain of E. Coli that recently turned spinach into a killer comes from the over-acid intestines of cattle fed grain-based concentrates and insufficient hay and grass in industrial intensive farming.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 03:41:19 AM EST
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Reminder: the particularly virulent strain of E. Coli that recently turned spinach into a killer comes from the over-acid intestines of cattle fed grain-based concentrates and insufficient hay and grass in industrial intensive farming.

Not a reminder to me, but genuinely news. Can you expand on this? Do you have links?  

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 04:52:38 AM EST
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It was discussed on last Sunday's Breakfast.

I have since spoken to a cattle technician who confirmed that intensive rearing on concentrates increases intestinal acidity. He was not aware, however, of the risk of a lethal strain of E. coli coming into being by mutation in this environment, nor of the risk of water contamination. There don't appear to have been cases here. (However, this is far from being a solely American problem).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 10:24:40 AM EST
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Hell of a thing to discuss at breakfast.

"When the abyss stares at me, it wets its pants." Brian Hopkins
by EricC on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 11:13:56 AM EST
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Here's another link.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 12:31:08 PM EST
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