E-Coli in Ground Meat

@lelin1123 (15645)
Puerto Rico
October 12, 2009 11:54pm CST
I have stopped eating ground meat and even steaks because I want to eat healthy. I think eating turkey and chicken is good enough for me. However, for a while now there have been of cases where e-coli has been found in ground meat and children and people have died or been paralized after eating a hamburger. In fact I heard of one little girl who died after visiting her grandfather who had contacted the e-coli from eating a hamburger. He didn't die but the poor little girl did after visiting him in the hospital. She died 6 days later, so its even contagious. Do you still eat ground meat or have you cut it out of your diet due to E-coli or health reasons?
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@marguicha (80534)
• Chile
13 Oct 09
I don´t have those problems as I make my own ground meat. I buy whole meat and grind it at home. I either do it in the moment of using it or I freeze it immediatly in sizes that I can use at once. I do that with all the groung meat and I even do some very nice mixtures as mixing beef and pork for meatballs. It´s a lot cheaper and cleaner too.
@olydove (1209)
• United States
13 Oct 09
You know marguicha I've thought about grinding my own meat especially since that way I know exactly what's going into that ground meat. Is it really cheaper? Usually ground meat here in the U.S. tends to be cheaper on average than other meats as I can normally find it for $1.29 to $1.89 per pound depending on the lean percentage, but when we catch a good sale sometimes I can find good quality chuck steaks or pot roast for $1.99 per pound so it just might be worth it to get a meat grinder.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
13 Oct 09
Thats good if you are grinding your own meat. I have just lost a taste for it and I just feel alot healthy without it. Thanks for responding.
@marguicha (80534)
• Chile
13 Oct 09
In my country I buy meat when there are offers. Then they are cheaper. Besides, when you buy whole meat you know what you are buying. Usually ground meat has a lot more grease that the meat you grind at home. E coli comes from handling food with unclean hands.It can be in any product, not only in meat. If you wash your hand as you should, use clean utensils and keep flies out of your kitchen there´s no posibility of having contaminated food.
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@mobhomeir (7567)
• Philippines
14 Nov 09
That was horrible! In my part I am not fond of eating meat. Twice would be much in a week. I am fond of vegees but sometime it depends on the availability. Well, who would like to eat meat if that's contaminated with E-coli or something? Are all people aware of this? I don't think people would have a second thought first before eating hamburger in a fast food chain....In our country, we never think of that unless some government authorities put some health advise on that....thanks
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
14 Nov 09
People for the most part no about this but they continue to eat it. I stopped eating it about a year in half ago. Besides the E-coli I just didn't feel it was good for me to eat. After hearing this horrible story I'm glad I stopped when I did. I too prefer veggies and pasta. Its healthy for me and it taste great.
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@mobhomeir (7567)
• Philippines
14 Nov 09
In our case here in our country, we are fond of eating, and mostly our people never realize this case unless someone or few of us already affected on it. I mean, they would never take action on it until government agencies warn them. Yes, this bacteria had long been discovered and keep reminding us about the fatal effect on us once it would enter in our body. But still some of the people taking this for granted that they would not take action until some would already affected on it.Somewhat like "to see is to believe"....have a nice day friend...
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Nov 09
Yes some people have to see it for themselves to believe it. I can't do that I rather be safe then sorry. Thanks again for responding and have a great day.
@anniefannie (1743)
• United States
15 Oct 09
i still eat ground meat but never have ate steak much.i cant't be scared of every thing.i do eat chicken and tuckey a lot to. i eat meat once a day .i cook my meat really done to.it is always something we have to watch out for all time now
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
15 Oct 09
This is true but I stopped eating ground meat because I lost the taste for it. Then I was watching Larry King earlier this week and it had parents on that had lost their kids to the E-coli from eating a hamburger. I'm glad I stopped eating it and my daughter and her family have too. Thanks for responding.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
13 Oct 09
I haven't quit eating anything that i normally eat. So many stories float around all the time i don't know what to believe & what not to. Hope u stay healtyh 7 hope i do to, Have a good one.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
14 Oct 09
After watching Larry King and seeing two parents and a grandmother suffering from losing their daughters, son and granddaughter it got me quite upset. I stopped eating beef about year ago now. I have lost the taste for it. These stories are just so heartbreaking. Good health to you too and thanks for responding.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
13 Oct 09
Hi lelin, well I lived through the original mad cow scare in meat in the uk and aware of the dangers of ecoli and such. I never buy or eat pre processed foods which contain it but that's mainly because I loathe fast food so would never buy a beefburger to eat. Having read one of Robin Cooks books concerning the meat industry and the breaking of all the hygiene laws I'd steer well away. I was shocked at the price of mince over here (that's ground meat) as it is very expensive, but what they do is take a fresh piece of beef which you can see and mince it in front of you, whereas back in the uk it was all done and pre packaged and one of the cheapest foods to buy. I buy mince a lot in the winter for various dishes I cook, such as mousakkas, lasagna, and more, but it really is getting too expensive. Last winter I had to substitute it for minced pork but again you see what you are getting.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
13 Oct 09
Thats good at least you know what you are getting. I too don't eat fast foods or processed meats. I only stick to turkey and chicken. Thanks for responding.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
13 Oct 09
Yes, I still eat ground meat but not as much as we use too. Not because of the E-Coli but because the price of any meat is so high I can not afford to buy it like I used too. There has been many different products that have been recalled because of E-Coli or Samomilia.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
13 Oct 09
Yes it can be found on veggies and peanut butter. The worse thing is you can't taste it, see it, or smell it. That is extremely scary to me. As for veggie I was everything really good and I don't eat peanut butter. As for the meat when I heard on TV them describing the e-coli coming from the stomach of the cow and how its part of the fecal deposit of the cow that just made me sicker in the stomach and happy that I'm not eating it anymore. Thanks for responding.
@suzzy3 (8400)
13 Oct 09
You can get ecoli from any food ,veg,fruit turkey and beleave it or not chicken and pork are the worst,it is the way meat and food is stored and cooked,that makes ecoli bacteria.Just buy your meat from a safe clean place make sure it is the right colour,wash all fruit and veg before cooking or eating it.Ecoli is everywhere it is a dreadful thing to get an infection and can affect you for years to come.In order to avoid it eat fresh food,wash everything from the earth.Make sure it is defrosted properly and cook properly and serve piping hot,wash hands utensils in hot soapy water,good kitchen hygeine .White meat is better for you than red meat anyway,but beleave me chicken and pork are the worst things to get ecoli from.I don't eat out unless I have to,everything I eat and prepare is washed and fresh or defrosted properly,so I know everything is safe,we walked into a place in the new forest and the kitchen was open to the street so I walked straight back out again,yes I am very fussy.All it takes is one person not to wash their hands properly after the loo or before preparing the food and you can get ecoli from anything.I do hope this helps you and does not frighten you.I have done a college course on food health and nutrition and am glad I did.I never buy sweets from pick and mix or kids sweets open ,all their little hands going through them ,I refuse to let my grandchildren buy them at all.only wrapped sweets from now on.Don't worry to much but watch how you do things and where you buy them,if a shop looks mucky walk out,if the butchers does not look right walk out,if a cafe does not look clean enough walk out.All these place will soon get the message,there is always environmental health to sort these places out.Take care and enjoy your food.