If you were thinking about pulling out the grill to cook-out some hamburgers now that spring is here, you might want to rethink that. Almost 17,000 pounds of beef patties have been recalled due to concerns that the meat is contaminated with a potentially deadly strain of E. coli. Pink slime, contaminated chicken and now bacteria-laden beef. When will the meat madness stop?
The questionable beef was imported from Canada by Sysco Seattle, Inc. for distribution to restaurants in Washington, Arizona, Texas and Colorado. Sysco now fears the meat could have E.coli O157:H7 in it, and they have begun notifying their customers to pull it.
The recalled products are:
* 10-pound boxes of “PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES,” 8 ounces, with product code 55317, and production code 11 NO 22.
* 10-pound boxes of “PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES,” 71 grams, with product code 55391 and production code 11 SE 01 or 12 JA 04.
E. coli is the name of a germ, or bacterium, that lives in the digestive tracts camera of humans and animals. While many strains of E. coli are harmless, some are deadly. It can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, urinary tract infections, severe anemia or even kidney failure, which can lead to death. It is particularly dangerous to children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.
Cooking beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F kills the bacteria, but that doesn’t make us feel a whole lot better. Why is that bacteria even in there in the first place? What happens when someone eats a medium-rare burger? What about unsafe handling in the kitchen and accidental cross-contamination? The possibilities are endless for what could happen.
You get an E. coli infection by coming into contact with the feces, or stool, of humans or animals. This can happen when you drink water or eat food that has been contaminated by feces, all of which is just gross.
There are just too many dangers reported lately. And yet, people continue to eat meat–perhaps without a complete understanding of what they are actually putting into their bodies and the damage that could result.
Why do we continue to risk our health and eat things that could make us sick?