Beef – Fatal Flaws

Interviews, and government and corporate records obtained by The New York Times show why eating ground beef is a gamble. Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.


E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Ground Beef Inspection

New York Times, October 3, 2009

Stephanie Smith, a children’s dance instructor, thought she had a stomach virus. The aches and cramping were tolerable that first day, and she finished her classes. Then her diarrhea turned bloody. Her kidneys shut down. Seizures knocked her unconscious. The convulsions grew so relentless that doctors had to put her in a coma for nine weeks. When she emerged, she could no longer walk. The affliction had ravaged her nervous system and left her paralyzed.

Ms. Smith, 22, was found to have a severe form of food-borne illness caused by E. coli, which Minnesota officials traced to the hamburger that her mother had grilled for their Sunday dinner in early fall 2007.

“I ask myself every day, ‘Why me?’ and ‘Why from a hamburger?’ ” Ms. Smith said. In the simplest terms, she ran out of luck in a food-safety game of chance whose rules and risks are not widely known… read more if you can stomach it (and note that it’s a 6-page article)…
Posted by Kurma on 5/10/09; 8:13:07 AM

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