Foodborne Infections: Meat and Poultry to Blame

It’s been a rotten year for meat, most notably the record-setting Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing recall and now MORE bad news! A new study has determined 97% of human disease originates in farmed-raised meat and poultry.

The research appears in the Public Library of Science. Via the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

Ninety-seven percent of human disease from the pathogenic bacterium C. jejuni originates in animals farmed for meat and poultry, according to a study by researchers at Lancaster University, Lancaster, U.K. Researchers analyzed DNA from 1,231 cases of C. jejuni infections in Lancashire, England. Only 3 percent of cases were traced back to environmental contamination or wild animal sources, while 97 percent of cases were traced back to farm-raised chickens, cattle, and sheep. These results implicate livestock as the primary transmission route for the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the developed world, which is thought to infect 2 to 3 million people per year in the U.S. alone.

Not surprising! Animal husbandry can be gruesome, this video from makes it painfully obvious—please watch with caution, it’s very grim.

Makes me wonder how this trickles down the food chain. Eating sick meat can’t be healthy, regular meat is already bad enough!

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essie - October 1, 2008 1:10 PM

i think you really have to include the qualifier "from the pathogenic bacterium C. jejuni" in your 97% statement. still gross though!

happy world vegetarian day.

Monty - October 6, 2008 2:12 PM

How much of this proliferation of food-borne infection is hoked up to provide a pretext for irradiation?

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