On Tuesday the Kansas City Star published the final installment of “Beef’s Raw Edges,” its three-day investigative series examining the current state of the U.S. beef industry. The project was spearheaded by Pulitzer
Town and Country Foods of Greene, ME, is recalling about 2,057 pounds of ground and mechanically tenderized beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection
Unbeknownst to most consumers, many steaks sold in America are mechanically tenderized, a process that makes meat more tender but can transfer bacteria into the center of the steak. Though the U.S. Department of Agriculture
On Christmas Eve 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that National Steak and Poultry was recalling 248,000 pounds of mechanically tenderized beef products contaminated with E. coli
Mechanically tenderized steaks are comparable in safety to unprocessed steaks and do not need special labeling, according to the American Meat Institute (AMI), the group that represents 95 percent of the red met industry.
E. coli O157:H7 and Mechanically Tenderized Steaks
By now, most people have come to understand that a lot of industrially produced, mass-manufactured ground beef sold in the United States can be deadly. One need only…