Monday, August 15, 2011

National Ground Beef Recall

Ecoli strikes again! 3 major supermarket chains have issued a recall of ground beef. This recall affects the southeastern states; Georgia, Florida,Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee to be exact; however, it's suspected that the meat could have been repackaged and distributed nationwide.

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that National Beef was recalling more than 60,000 pounds of beef after the Ohio Department of Agriculture found the bacteria during routine testing...E. coli can be deadly and can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and other problems. The agriculture department cautioned people to cook ground beef to a temperature of at least 160 degrees. The temperature should be checked with a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, the agency said.

The meat also was distributed to meat packing companies in Detroit and Indianapolis and to Wal-Mart operations in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming, National Beef said.

At Kroger, the nation's largest traditional grocery store chain, the recalled products include ground chuck, ground beef patties, and meatballs and meat loaf made in the stores. Packages have "sell by" dates of July 29 through Aug. 12. At Publix, the products include meatballs, meat loaf, ground chuck patties, stuffed peppers, seasoned salisbury steak and others with "sell by" dates of July 25 through Aug. 12. Winn-Dixie products include ground chuck and patties with "sell-by" label dates from July 31 to Aug. 12."

When are people going to stand up for what's right and stop supporting corporate farms that only care about the bottomline? Corporate farms only care about making a maximum amount of money with a minimum amount of stuff.

They take a little land, create these massive holding cells for animals to stand in their own waste, out of sunlight, eating 'stuff' they weren't designed to eat in the first place. Then because the conditions are so bad, they pump the animals up with antibiotics to keep them from getting sick from stewing in their own mess all day and all night.

Growth hormones, and antibiotics are pumped into animals to produce a bigger piece of meat in a short amount of time, and this is what consumers buy thinking they're getting a great deal. If you didn't know that I suggest you do a little research. Don't perish from a lack of knowledge.