Navigation Links
Victims of Contaminated Meat Call on USDA to Address Deadly Pathogens

"Could Your Lunch Kill You?" Protest Shines Spotlight on Need for New Meat Regulations

WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- S.T.O.P. - Safe Tables Our Priority and victims of foodborne illness called upon the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize as adulterants six other potentially deadly types of E. coli bacteria in addition to the notorious E. coli O157:H7 that is currently classified as an adulterant.  All seven strains are known to cause devastating human illness and are transmitted through feces-contaminated beef products.

"The USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have known for decades of the public health risks posed by non-O157 strains of E. coli," said S.T.O.P. President Nancy Donley, whose son died from E. coli O157 in 1993. "Yet, 10 years after requiring public health laboratories to report positive test results for these strains from infected people, nothing has been done to prevent meat contaminated with these strains from entering into commerce."

E. coli O157:H7 was declared an adulterant in ground beef in 1994 in the aftermath of an outbreak that sickened more than 700 people and killed at least four. The CDC has since identified six additional strains of shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) -- O26, O111, O103, O121, O45 and O145 -- associated with severe illness and death. Just like E. coli O157:H7, these STEC strains get into the nation's beef supply when cattle feces contaminate meat during slaughter and processing.  

 At a demonstration outside USDA, Donley and other victim members of S.T.O.P. demanded that USDA enact health-based strategies to prevent all types of E. coli-contaminated beef from reaching consumers' tables. This includes:

  • Recognizing as adulterants the six additional E. coli strains. 
  • Expanding the definition of adulterant to include E .coli O157:H7 when in any type of beef, not just ground beef or beef intended for ground beef.
  • Implementing better ways of tracing all STEC outbreaks to prevent widespread illness and deaths.
  • Asking Congress for mandatory USDA recall authority. Currently, all government agency food recalls are voluntary and issued by the companies responsible.

According to the CDC, 76 million Americans become sick from foodborne pathogens each year and 325,000 are hospitalized, of which 5,000 die.

For more information and to sign up for E-alerts on food recalls and outbreaks, visit

SOURCE S.T.O.P.-Safe Tables Our Priority

Back to top



SOURCE S.T.O.P.-Safe Tables Our Priority
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Victims of child maltreatment more likely to perpetrate youth violence, intimate partner violence
2. Toxic Shock Drug Might Aid Trauma Victims
3. ASTAR Air Cargo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and DHL to Help Peruvian Earthquake Victims
4. Establishment of Topps Meat Recall Registry for Victims of E. Coli Poisoning
5. E. Coli Registry Expanded for Victims of E. Coli Poisoning from Cargill Ground Beef
6. Scripps Health Treats More Than 160 Fire Victims at Emergency Departments Across San Diego County
7. Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Lead Lawsuit Claims Center Opens to Aid Victims
8. PepPods Helped Katrina Victims and Now Available to Help California Wildfire Disaster Victims Rebuild Lives with Greater Ease
9. United Animal Nations Offers Financial Assistance Grants of up to $500 to Help Southern California Fire Victims Obtain Vet Care, Temporary Boarding for Pets
10. Epicel(TM) Wins Marketing Approval for Severe Burn Victims
11. UNICEF Readies to Assist Mexican Flood Victims
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... Lake Orion, Clarkston, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June ... ... direction with respect to fertility once they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These ... tolerable intercourse but they also require a comprehensive approach that can help for ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now ... and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings ... The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With ... fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, ... and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained ... Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and ... their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work Awards took ... the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses to receive ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology ... outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 ... 30, 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A ... product of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will ... 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a ... second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... The vast majority of dialysis patients currently ... are usually 3 times a week, with treatment times ... time, equipment preparation and wait time.  This regimen can ... patients who are elderly and frail.  Many elderly dialysis ... centers for some duration of time. Residents ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: