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    *Breaking News: Topps Meat is going out of business! http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2007-10-05-topps-meat-recall_N.htm * South Florida
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      *Breaking News: Topps Meat is going out of business!

      South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

      Prevent E. coli by changing your diet

      October 5, 2007

      /By Susan Levin

      Worried about beef? If the Topps Meat recall made you think twice about
      biting into a burger, you aren't alone. The company recently recalled
      almost 22 million pounds of frozen hamburger because of possible E. coli
      contamination, which has been linked to more than 25 reported illnesses
      in more than half a dozen states, including Florida.

      Despite well-publicized efforts by the American Meat Institute to
      increase food safety standards, contaminated meat still finds its way
      into our grocery stores and restaurants. In fact, in June of this year,
      the United Food Group recalled 5.7 million pounds of beef, which was
      blamed for an E. coli outbreak in Western states.

      The figures are grim. Every year, Escherichia coli 0157:H7 is
      responsible for approximately 60 deaths and more than 70,000 infections
      in the United States, and more E. coli infections in this country have
      been caused by eating ground beef than any other food. It's a critical
      public health issue, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and meat
      companies don't seem to be able to solve the problem.

      As a dietitian, I think it's time for consumers to face the facts:
      Burgers can bite you back in a big way. And E. coli is not the only
      problem. There are other dangers associated with meat that even the most
      diligent food inspector can't protect the public from. Our high-fat,
      meat-heavy diets are creating a public health disaster.

      Meat contributes to obesity and heart disease, and it has been linked to
      several forms of cancer, especially colon cancer. In fact, people who
      eat red or processed meat are 50 percent more likely to develop colon

      Think chicken is a healthier or safer alternative? Think again. Last
      year, /Consumer//Reports/ reported that 83 percent of chicken sampled
      from supermarkets, natural food stores, and gourmet groceries tested
      positive for campylobacter and/or salmonella, two leading causes of
      food-borne illness. And in 2002, the USDA announced that 1.8 million
      pounds of turkey sent to schools and other food program recipients were
      recalled for possible contamination with the deadly listeria bacteria.

      Even at its leanest --- white meat, no skin, no added fat --- chicken
      gets about 23 percent of its calories from fat. That's not much lower
      than lean beef, at 28 percent, and much higher than beans, rice, fruits,
      and vegetables, which usually derive less than 10 percent of their
      calories from fat. A substantial amount of the fat in chicken is
      artery-clogging saturated fat, and chicken is loaded with cholesterol:
      USDA figures show that a 3.5-ounce portion of beef has about 86
      milligrams, and the same portion of skinless, white meat chicken has 85

      Americans need to understand that meat consumption and intensive animal
      agriculture play key roles in the E. coli problem. Meat can become
      contaminated during animal slaughter, when E. coli bacteria can spread
      to various cuts of meat, equipment, and workers' hands. Animal
      agriculture can also contaminate vegetable crops, as occurred last year
      when spinach tainted with E. coli by manure from a nearby cattle ranch
      killed three people.

      The Topps Meat recall will likely shame the USDA and the American Meat
      Institute into calling for more testing in slaughterhouses and
      meat-processing plants. But the best solution is to simply leave meat
      out of our diets.

      People who follow meatless diets tend to have lower cholesterol and
      blood pressure levels than meat-eaters. They also tend to be slimmer and
      have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of
      cancer. And staying disease-free also means lower health care costs.

      Today, Americans can enjoy a wide variety of meatless options, ranging
      from beans and rice to vegetable-based soups to veggie hot dogs and
      veggie burgers. Why take risks associated with meat when a vegetarian
      diet can help eliminate the risk of food-borne illness, improve overall
      health, and prevent disease?

      Susan Levin is a staff dietitian with the Physicians Committee for
      Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC.

      Copyright © 2007, South Florida Sun-Sentinel <http://www.sun-sentinel.com/>

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