The Pendleton Panther

Tainted meat

Posted on: October 6, 2009




Bad beef

Bad beef

Have you ever thought about where the meat in your hamburgers has come from? Probably not, and you would not even be able to find out where it has come from. The ground meat in burgers has come from multiple places and even some times from other countries. With all these different handlers and chains of distribution there are many opportunities for bacteria to grow. The most deadly form is e-coli, if the burgers are undercooked and the e-coli bacteria is not killed you could possibly get food poisoning and even die. On September 23rd 2007 a 20 year old named Stephany Smith harmlessly ate a hamburger and within 10 days was in a hospital near death, the doctors induced her in a coma to save her life. She emerged 9 weeks later with brain damage and paralyzed from the waist down. She was the worst effected of the some 950 people sickened by an e-coli outbreak in a Cargill meat processing factory.




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