Where's the Beef?

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

This weekend 21.7 million pounds of beef patties from Topps Meat were recalled due to contamination from E.coli bacteria. Chris Waldrop, director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, talks about inspection standards by the USDA and FDA, and whether technology might help stop health recalls such as this.


Chris Waldrop

Comments [18]

chestine from NY

If you can know your farmer and buy meet from a farm/ranch where the animals are grass fed in the sunshine without pesticides, you will probably get better nutrition and the animal gets a nicer life. As the animal gets what he/she is made to process (grass/hay/no grain)there is no pollution through farts or ecoli. If we only realized how disconnected we are due to industry, and what our greed does to us as well as to livestock.

Oct. 02 2007 04:18 PM
Sunphat Yau from X-nyc-LA 4a bit

A long long time ago I remember seeing a program on ch 13 PBS that was called "Meat". It was a cradle to table story following a calf, and it stuck in my mind. It would be great to find that, it would probably break me and many of consuming meat products.

Oct. 02 2007 12:56 PM
Harry from toronto

By the way Jamie Oliver, the Chef, says to not buy ground meat - period. He says any part of the steer could end up in the mix.

Oliver says to buy Chuck steak and then use any food processor (blade) to chop the meat into a mix of small and slightly larger pieces (is best for burgers.)

Oct. 02 2007 10:39 AM
Harry from toronto

Forgot to give Consumers Reports story link:

Oct. 02 2007 10:34 AM
valerie wilson from bayville, ny 11709

to the 80 year old woman who called in about ground lamb...
my butcher explained that if a packaged product is called "lamb patties", the FDA standards allow up to 50% ground beef to be added to the ground lamb.

Oct. 02 2007 10:24 AM
christina from monmouth county

Where does all the contaminated beef go? Think of tons of it going into landfills. Yuck.

Oct. 02 2007 10:22 AM
alisha from New Jersey

Quite unfortunate that it takes a scare like this for people to consider where their food comes from and how it may have been processed before it hits the shelves.
The best way to avoid having to worry about such issues is to consider a vegan or vegetarian diet. Re foodborne illness from is probably the best way to go.

Oct. 02 2007 10:21 AM

on m fisher's point,

that's also why one criteria of the best cooks' knives is

a rounded edge between handle and blade,

so food can't collect there.

Oct. 02 2007 10:21 AM
Harry from toronto

Consumer Reports had a certified lab. check major brand whole chicken - all chicken contaminated with the 2 key pathogens. Including organic chicken!

Oct. 02 2007 10:20 AM
Leslye Herrmann from Lemoyne, PA

I just visited the USDA web site and searched Hamberger Recall...nothing pertaining to this Topps recall appeared. The USDA website seems more interested in promoting the Secretary than informing the public

Oct. 02 2007 10:19 AM
m fisher

the idea of carry-over includes any material left in the processing equipment. including the grinders which always have a "dead" space by their design which is supposed to be evacuated and then the machine be sterilized. i doubt if any operator would leave already ground material in a contaminatable situation

Oct. 02 2007 10:18 AM
hjs from 11211

I stopped eating ground meat some time ago, my fear to mad cow disease. you know that all American beef is not tested for mad cow disease?

Oct. 02 2007 10:18 AM
GroundChuck from UES

Would a meat/food irraduation policy prevent this type of public scare?

Oct. 02 2007 10:17 AM
Larry from Queens

According to Michael Pollan, the E. coli problem in beef is due to them being corn-fed. The corn is not the best food for cattle which makes them sick and encourages the E. coli growth (which must be treated with antibiotics- creates resistant E. coli). This is a problem in cows fed organic corn too. Grass fed beef is less likely to have the virulent E. coli strain that is the major problem today.

Oct. 02 2007 10:17 AM
NYCmidtown from Downtown

For a listing (complete???) of the products and the stores in which they were sold, look here:

Oct. 02 2007 10:17 AM
elle from New Jersey

Mixing yesterday's batch with today's batch is something one would not, certainly should not, do in one's own kitchen.

Oct. 02 2007 10:15 AM

how long can meat be frozen?

Oct. 02 2007 10:11 AM

That's why I only eat frozen chopped up cows that have been pumped up with antibiotics and chlorine!

Oct. 02 2007 10:09 AM

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