This past week, California’s Valley Meat Co. announced a recall of a million pounds of beef that was contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The best part is that the meat was produced from October 2009 to January 2010. Which means nearly every last bit of this E. coli-contaminated meat has long ago been eaten.
Here are some facts about E. coli. E. coli is one of the more common causes of food poisoning in the United States. When left untreated, it can lead to dehydration and potentially life-threatening illness. While most healthy adults recover from food poisoning caused by E. coli within a few weeks, young children and the elderly can be at risk for more severe illness.
There have been twelve meat recalls this year. This latest recall more than doubles the amount of meat that’s been pulled from stores in 2010, to a total of 1,786,859 pounds.
Why are you still eating meat? Do you need more proof that America’s meat safety system is fundamentally broken?