Once-Rare E. Coli Strains Striking More Americans

Paralleling the events in Germany, increasing numbers of Americans are being sickened by strains of dangerous non-O157 variants of E. coli:

The new tally is likely to add to the fierce debate over whether the government should force meatpackers to test for the rarer forms of E. coli and make it illegal to sell ground beef that contains them.

No, that there’s even a debate in the first place is a sign of how far government food safety policy has been co-opted by the meat industry. Slaughterhouses should extensively test for these lesser-known strains; end of story. And the New York Times shouldn’t be giving the industry a pass by calling this foot-dragging a debate. Link.


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