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As if you needed another reason to avoid Beef

Aug 10, 2009 - 6 comments

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Red meat has been conclusively linked to increased risk of heart attack, stroke and peripheral artery disease. Researchers have shown that independent of other risk factors, the risk of cardiovascular disease is increased. As if that isnt enough to compel you to step away from the next hamburger, I came across another story of contaminated beef that has been widely distributed throughout the states. Lets face it:spinach, peanut butter, beef. Everyone is cutting corners to make a profit and unless your growing it in your backyard. Good luck!!

28 Illnesses Are Linked to Recalled Ground Beef
Published: August 8, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Health officials in three Western states said Friday that at least 28 people had reported illnesses tied to recalled ground beef that might be tainted with salmonella.

On Thursday, Beef Packers Inc. of Fresno recalled nearly 826,000 pounds of ground beef produced from June 5 to 23.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the Agriculture Department said the beef was sent to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah, with some sold at Safeway Inc. and Sam’s Club.

On Friday, the department confirmed that California, Colorado and Wyoming had reported illness linked to the recalled beef.

Colorado health officials said 21 people there had been sickened, and all were recovering. California officials said five people had reported feeling sick. Wyoming health officials reported that two people had fallen ill.

Officials are investigating other reported illnesses in Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, South Dakota and Texas that may be linked to the same strain of salmonella, the Agriculture Department said.

Federal officials do not yet know if those cases are associated with the beef recalled Thursday.

Because the beef was repackaged under different retail names, the department recommends consumers check with the store where they bought the beef to determine whether what they bought has been recalled.

Salmonella can result in abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. Most people recover without treatment, but some require hospitalization. In rare cases the organism can get into the blood and produce more severe illnesses.

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by ginger899, Aug 11, 2009
I reckon that beef is having such a bad time but is nice meat. It's a pity that, like you said, during a recession, manufacturers of a lot of things, including food products, might try and cut corners to save money.

Here in the UK people who like meat, but don't trust what they can buy in the stores, go to 'farmers markets' and buy fresh organic meat which has been thoroughly checked. The living conditions for their livestock are as near-perfect as it gets (out in the fields all day....no hormones....no gratuitous antibiotics) That meat is trustworthy and tastes wonderful. Like meat used to taste.
I don't know if there are such things as the farmers markets in the US like there are in UK, but I would definitely say, if there are then go buy good quality organic meat you can trust, eat it and enjoy it!
Red meat is rich in nutrients, and for those who like meat, it's good food. Just don't eat it every single day. I think that's ok.

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by mtgoat911, Aug 12, 2009
i totally agree with this blog, and thank you for telling me this, i stayed away from red meat for a while because i read its affects on liver, but this summer i have been going to so many cook outs, most times the meat is premaid frozen in a box, how could i forget this information, maybe selective memory!!! ok back to the boca burgers

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by mtgoat911, Aug 12, 2009
oh and yes we do have farmers markets but its rare to find one that sells beef, there are people who co-op gardens and buy a whole cow from a reputable farmer but thats also rare, no pun intended, most of the meat we eat comes from fast food burgers, and thats some scary stuff
when my son was in public school there was a huge scandle because the school district was buying cheap meat from this place in california, where they were torturing cows and selling taintted meat, it was all over the news, after that my son was only allowed non meat products from the school, i not sure about the uk but i do not think the public school system will take the time, money or effort to buy organic beef for their students

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by ginger899, Aug 13, 2009
Yes, that's true, they won't. meat for schools, hospitals,etc will not be organic. That would be the same in the UK. Organic meat is more expensive. It's scary isn't it, what terrible things can happen to animals, and our food, all in the name of making a quick buck. Knowing these horror stories were going on I would not buy beef either. See where you're coming from.

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by mtgoat911, Aug 13, 2009
hey ginger, my friend sent me a video on tourtured cows in a meat farm, it was aweful, so i did some research then found out that my childs school was actually buying it, what a shock

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by Toria24, Sep 16, 2009
  On July 4th of this year I actually snorted 4 adderalls  for recreation.  Everyone else was doing it but I pushe he envelope wayyy too far.  The next day I experienced extremely fast heart rate, anxiety, nausea, weakness, dizziness and every hour or so I would go into a panic attack state.  It was terrifying.  Two days later of the same feeling I reluctantly went to the doctor (embarrassed to admit what I'd done) they ran tests on me and my pressure was high and my heart rate was high as well, but they told me it could simply be depression and the drug would wear off.  A WEEK later it would still sporatiaclly occur ( the pounding heart, feeling of choking, violent bowel movements containing mostly water, extreme weakness, tight chest, heat flashes, fever,)  Finally, I raced to the hospital where they diagnosed me with hyperactive thyroid. (bull)  I had to end up taking leave from work for a month and then after being told it was depression was prescribed Xanax which totally helped with the anxiety.  I steer clear of alcohol, drugs, eat healthy and exercise and have been feeling better. Still in cases of nervousness I get anxiety and I take a Xanax.  Xanax can be addictive so I only take them when I feel anxiety, which I haven't felt in about 4 weeks now.  How do you feel?  How are you.  This is a very serious matter that I think gets overlooked and I feel like there has not been a "antidote" if you will- for these situations with adderall. Any suggestions?

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