Cargill Recalls 1Million Pounds of Ground Beef

In what is fast becoming a disturbing daily ritual, another meat company is recalling its product from the market after sample testing found E coli O157:H7 in the meat. Cargill, one of largest meat producers in the country, is recalling the beef after inspectors found conatmination in meat produced on October 8. Thus far, 10 states are affected by the recall including: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The stores to which the beef was shipped include Stop & Shop, ShopRite, Weis, Wegman’s, and Giant.
Cattle can have E coli bacteria in their intestines. The problem for consumers occurs when the meat becomes tainted with the bacteria through improper butchering or processing. However, cooking the beef to an internal temperature to 160 degrees kills the bacteria. That’s not much consolation for consumers who are becoming increasingly wary of food products. The Bush Administration is considering granting new powers to the FDA to regulate food products, but it looks like only for imported products. These new powers would not have helped in the latest situation with Cargill.