Meat Recall Expanded

Last’s week’s meat recall has been expanded—so happy I don’t eat beef! Slashfood is on it:
We told you last week that the Topps Meat Company had announced a recall of over 331,000 pounds of ground beef and patties that may contain E. coli. Did that seem like a lot to you? Topps has now expanded that recall to 21.7 million pounds. There's a possibility that total could increase later today.


I didn't think that there were that many pounds of meat in the U.S.
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Billi-Jean - October 2, 2007 9:36 AM

Hi, this is off topic, but I couldn't find an email address to use...

I have a photo of a sign touting the sale of suasages and hamburgers to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The irony kills me. Anyway, I've seen you post other, similar photos and you most post mine if you like. You can see it here: http://billi-jean.com/blog/?p=386

Walter Pittman - October 2, 2007 1:10 PM

Yes, but you eat lettuce and recently a large amount of THAT was recalled. And onions. And almonds. The bacterial contamination problem is a problem of industrial PROCESS, not of food type, and vegetable foods are no less susceptible to contamination than animal foods. You're comment radiates an unpleasant smugness. Meat eaters are people, too.

LLouise - October 2, 2007 3:52 PM

Walter,

If bacterial contamination were the *only* problem with beef, you'd have a point. There are no long lists of negatives to lettuce, onions, and almonds; yet a frightening, very health damaging list associated with meat.

Sorry you felt smugness from such a post. Have you tried to follow Eat To Live? What do you know about it? That might help you understand the mission of this blog, thus, the postings.

From one people to another, Best of health to you! ;^)

Walter Pittman - October 3, 2007 9:50 PM

LLOUISE,

The base of my diet is, in fact, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, but I also use nonfat dairy daily and eat meat a few times a week. Frankly, I think quality meat is healthy in moderation (and I think most studies comparing health conscious vegetarians with health conscious omnivores pretty much proves that). I think the real killer is sugar, followed closely by refined grains and refined vegetable oils. I think the "Eat to Live" diet is successful because it excludes those non-foods rather than because it excludes reasonable amounts of meat (I think the dairy issue is more complex, but note that many traditional and healthy societies used dairy products).

I read this blog every day and I appreciate the work put into it, and I think it presents a lot of valuable information. But personally I feel better when I include meat in my diet. Whether that harms my health remains to be seen, but I'm 50 years old, have a bodyfat percentage of 8-10% and blood pressure that averages about 100/60. I don't know what my cholesterol, etc., is because I never go to a doctor.

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