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Despite what AMI and Patrick Boyle say, Cow Shit (E. coli) does not have to be in your Hamburger

The American Meat Institute (AMI) Patrick Boyle was quoted recently: “We are selling a raw product, however, and raw products by their nature may contain harmful bacteria. That’s why we are committed to providing consumers the information that they need to handle and cook ground beef safely.”

I like Patrick. I frankly thought our discussion on Larry King last week was the best part of the show. But, Patrick, since 1994 E. coli O157:H7 has been considered to be an adulterant in hamburger by the government – it is not supposed to be there. What you should be “committed” to is keeping cow shit out of “consumers” meat.

Here are some pictures to illustrate the point.


Should NOT be in: