Several hours ago Associated Press reported that Tyson has recalled 131,000 pounds of ground beef because it was contaminated with E. Coli. This on the heels of the cantaloupe recall issued by Jensen Farms a week or so ago because of the deadly Listeria bacteria.
We’ve had recalls before and there will be more to come. These recalls drive home the message that we need to know where our food is coming from.
The ground beef recall isn’t surprising. I have watched too many DVDs and read too many articles/books on how the cattle industry raise and slaughter their animals. It’s just surprising that there weren’t more recalls.
When there is large scale slaughtering of cattle, there is large-scale opportunity for slip-ups. Buying grass-fed free-range beef from a local farm may be more expensive on the front end, but the taste and the health benefits are worth the price. After all, when you buy beef from the grocery store, you’re not even sure if you’re getting real beef or the offspring of cloned cattle.
As far as the Listeria contamination, according to an article on the Time website, investigators are still trying to find the cause. They found bacterial contamination both on the melons and packing facility equipment. They’re not sure if the contamination came from the water, growing practices or “potential animal intrusions.” Huh? What are animal intrusions?
I know my dog can be a bit of a pain in the neck when he wants attention and can become somewhat intrusive. He nudges, sniffs, barks and generally begs for attention. I don’t believe this is the animal intrusion the investigators at the Jensen Farm in Colorado are talking about. They didn’t say it and I won’t either, but think about what comes from an animal that may intrude on a field which is growing cantaloupe that may give rise to the potentially deadly Listeria bacteria.
Did I mention that it’s better to buy local?