Dangerous pathogens, such as E. coli, are generally present in beef.
In fact, ground beef is so synonymous with harmful bacteria that there are strict safety standards that call for inspections of the meat. This is a good thing.
Primal cuts of meat, such as steak or roasts, are not usually tested. This is not a good thing. This means that more dangerous bacteria-infected meat makes it to the market for the consumer to purchase.
But wait, there’s more!
A year-long investigation by the Kansas City Star, called Beef’s Raw Edges, revealed that a common practice in meat processing plants is to mechanically tenderize cuts of meat that may be tough. It may also be called bladed or needled meat.
If the meat is tenderized on a conveyor belt and one steak contains dangerous pathogens, the needles or blades may now contain that pathogen and can pass it onto the next piece of meat.
A majority of this meat is sold to family-style restaurants, hotels and group homes.
So, the next time your waitress asks how you want your burger or steak cooked, consider saying, “Well-done!”
Monica Johnson is proud to call New York City her home, though she equally loves Mount Desert Island, Maine. In an ideal world, she would split her time between the two. She also loves hiking and puppies.
Like elephant food on Facebook
Assistant Ed: Amy Cushing
Ed: Bryonie Wise
hot on elephant
The 4 Stages of a Good Divorce. A Letter to my Children: You do not come from a Broken Home. Mom, can I Call her Mom, Too? These People are Rare Gems—Keep Them, Fight for Them, don’t Give Up on Them. An Open Letter to the Fixers. Jon Stewart makes first appearance since retiring—”it’s not your country.” Waylon shares 10 transformingly beautiful Quotes about Love. 40 Things I’ve Learned in 40 Years. When your Heart is Wounded, I will Hold your Hand. Dear Woman in the White Car at Margaritas Mexican Grill in West Memphis, Arkansas on July 15th, 2012.