May 30, 2010

Oregon Animal Law Attorney: Beef Recalls Good Reason to Grill Vegan

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of the summer season, and grills are soon to be fired up around the Northwest. Before putting out those burgers or steaks, however, consider the latest beef recall issued by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection (“FSIS”) agency: 53,000 pounds of possible E. coli contaminated beef manufactured by Montclair Meat Co. The recall is Class I, which represents the highest degree of health risk.

FSIS microbiologists say the E. coli bacteria present in beef samples is a particularly dangerous strain. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, E. coli infections sicken some 2000 people in the United States each year due to e. coli infections. Around three percent of those infected die. That’s an expensive price to pay for grilled meat.

Fortunately, vegan grilling recipes abound. Grilling vegan foods like hearty veggie burgers, marinated tofu, seitan skewers, and tempeh is both a safe and satisfying way to enjoy a healthier and more compassionate lifestyle. If you’re reluctant to abandon meat, at least taste what you’re missing. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised, and you won’t have to worry about following safety practices required to protect against contamination in ground beef consumption. As the FSIS notes, the only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

If you or loved ones suffer from a serious food-borne illness, including E. coli infection, contact Portland animal law attorney and personal injury lawyer Dane E. Johnson. We provide a free legal consultation to evaluate injuries and help protect legal rights. Call toll free (800) 714-3204, or use our online product liability attorney contact form.

Related Web Resources
Vegan Grilling Guide 101: Green Tips, Foods, Tools
Press Release, USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service, California Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

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