Most people are unaware of the unsanitary conditions that cause
The meat industry in America is constantly struggling to prevent the distribution of contaminated meat. Large animal factories cut expenses by raising the cows in extremely unsanitary environments. Small, crowded pins enable the rapid spread of disease, such as mad cow disease, and high volume slaughterhouses create the potential for meat to become contaminated with E. coli, a harmful bacterium found in cow intestines and feces.
Because meat processing facilities are not required to check for the presence of E. coli in their product before it is shipped off, people must ingest contaminated meat and suffer from
o In 2007, nearly 30 million pounds of beef was recalled for possible E. coli contamination. This number increased in 2008, when it reached an all time high of 143 million pounds.
o Recalls are typically issued after the majority of contaminated meat has already been consumed
When contaminated meat enters the market, consumers can suffer serious illness. According to statistics gathered by federal health authorities, food borne diseases sicken approximately 76 million people, cause 325,000 hospitalizations, and kill 5,000 Americans every year.
The symptoms of
o Severe abdominal cramps
o Watery or bloody stool