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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 5:03 am 
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Meat recall expands again on E. coli fears Up to 5.7 million pounds of beef in 11 states may be contaminated

LOS ANGELES - Southern California meatpacker United Food Group LLC expanded a recall to include 5.7 million pounds of fresh and frozen beef that may be contaminated with the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Saturday.

Fourteen people in six Western states have fallen ill after eating the beef but all have recovered, the department said.

The beef was butchered and shipped in April, and is no longer on store shelves.

“However the products could be in consumers’ freezers and it is important that consumers look for and return these products if they find them,” the department said in a statement on its Web site.

United Food recalled 75,000 pounds of beef on June 3 and an additional 370,000 pounds three days later.

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I heard about this but hadn't read it yet. The person who told me about it said, but it is in the western states so we don't have to worry.

I then gave him a lecture.

ANY tainted food products are bad because it means tainted foods get to the market. Oh, for the good ol' days...

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Once again, I'm very glad I don't eat beef.


You can help prevent this infection by handling and cooking meat in a safe way. For your protection, follow these rules:

Wash your hands carefully with soap before you start cooking.
Cook ground beef until you see no pink anywhere.
Don't taste small bites of raw ground beef while you're cooking.
Don't put cooked hamburgers on a plate that had raw ground beef on it before.
Cook all hamburgers to at least 155°F. A meat thermometer can help you test your hamburgers.
Defrost meats in the refrigerator or the microwave. Don't let meat sit on the counter to defrost.
Keep raw meat and poultry separate from other foods. Use hot water and soap to wash cutting boards and dishes if raw meat and poultry have touched them.
Don't drink raw milk.
Keep food refrigerated or frozen.
Keep hot food hot and cold food cold.
Refrigerate leftovers right away or throw them away.
People with diarrhea should wash their hands carefully and often, using hot water and soap, and washing for at least 30 seconds. People who work in day care centers and homes for the elderly should wash their hands often, too.
In restaurants, always order hamburgers that are cooked well done so that no pink shows.


http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen ... s/242.html

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Very good advice.

I know someone who eats raw hamburger. Talk about a death wish!

I also know many people who think if you cook something in the microwave, no bacteria can survive so it is ALWAYS safe to eat. Don't know if that is true, but I wouldn't trust it.

I don't eat beef either. Not much meat at all--a little chicken, a little fish. I hate factory farms so stopped eating meat long ago. Meat is actually eaten more in prosperous countries and isn't that good for you. We pay for our signs of prosperity.

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