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E. Coli Probe Focuses on 9 Calif. Farms

It is great when the Washigton Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times all cover the same story — perhaps there will be a behavior change in the lettuce and spinach industry.  My question is where are the politicians?  Where is the call for concern?  Another question – why have the producers of this poisoned product not reached out to the consumers?  In the Jack in the Box, Odwalla, Chi-Chi’s and Sheetz food poisoning cases, those corporations stepped up and paid peoples wage loss and medical expenses.  Where is the concern for more than the mulit-billion bottom line?

The toll today:

  • 131 cases,
  • 66 people have been hospitalized
  • 20 have experienced kidney failure
  • 1 person has died

From the Washington Post story:

"Some victims have retained lawyers for possible lawsuits. William Marler, a Seattle lawyer who specializes in food poisoning cases, said he is representing 30 victims of the outbreak, 11 of whom have developed kidney failure."

  • A Concerned Eater

    The cattle ranchers are to blame for the E. coli getting through the cattle’s digestive tract. Grass-fed cattle don’t suffer from this. See Michael Pollan’s expose in the NY Times 4 years ago: http://www.michaelpollan.com/article.php?id=14
    “Most of the microbes that reside in the gut of a cow and find their way into our food get killed off by the acids in our stomachs, since they originally adapted to live in a neutral-pH environment. But the digestive tract of the modern feedlot cow is closer in acidity to our own, and in this new, manmade environment acid-resistant strains of E. coli have developed that can survive our stomach acidsÔæÉÔΩ¢Á´ÑÔΩ¨Á™∂?and go on to kill us. By acidifying a cow’s gut with corn, we have broken down one of our food chain’s barriers to infection. Yet this process can be reversed: James Russell, a U.S.D.A. microbiologist, has discovered that switching a cow’s diet from corn to hay in the final days before slaughter reduces the population of E. coli 0157 in its manure by as much as 70 percent. Such a change, however, is considered wildly impractical by the cattle industry.”
    I understand Salinas Valley has active cattle farming.