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I seem to notice far, far more recalls as a vegan about food I'd never ever eat than I ever noticed as a vegetarian or omni.
Even though there was NO chance I'd eat those Topps(?) burgers or these pot pies it still grosses me out so badly.

Jennifer, they're also a lot more common these days.  Goodness knows the rate of salmonella and other bacterial contaminants in eggs/chicken/anything contaminated by the beef industry (i.e. green leafy stuff in CA) has skyrocketed.    :P  I agree, though, I am always glad when I "dodge a bullet."

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I just finished reading Fast Food Nation.  In there it said that ConAgra has a habit of not recalling contaminated goods until the vast majority have already been sold and eaten.  God knows - the food processing industries really make me so very angry.  They're no better over here either - witness the wringing of hands and lamentations that went on over Jamie Olvier's campaign to improve school meals.

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What I don't understand about al those recalls is this: If meat contains bacteria that are harmful to humans and must be screened and decontaminated, how can people continue to claim that humans are suppose to eat meat?  Clearly there is a natural component in meat that is suppose to deter humans from eating meat.

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good point foofie!

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I don't think that's a valid argument.  Think of all the recalls for tainted vegetables.

What I don't understand about al those recalls is this: If meat contains bacteria that are harmful to humans and must be screened and decontaminated, how can people continue to claim that humans are suppose to eat meat?  Clearly there is a natural component in meat that is suppose to deter humans from eating meat.

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What I don't understand about al those recalls is this: If meat contains bacteria that are harmful to humans and must be screened and decontaminated, how can people continue to claim that humans are suppose to eat meat?  Clearly there is a natural component in meat that is suppose to deter humans from eating meat.

But isn't the abundance of bacteria in today's meat mostly due to poor handling practices? (i.e. disgusting, mass production slaughterhouses, shipping meat across the country instead of keeping it local, etc.) I mean, my cats' raw food package discusses safe handling practices even though cats are surely meant to eat meat, but they too can acquire food poisoning if their meat has been mishandled.

I'm likely in the minority here, but I don't hold the belief that humans weren't meant to eat meat, although I think we are able to function just fine without it (Note: I'm a vegan and a biology major--sometimes a strange combination). Rather, I think that it's our current system of meat production is 1) cruel, 2) environmentally disastrous, and 3) unhealthy. I think that the days of small, local farms sans antibiotics, growth hormones, etc. didn't produce the same level of bacteria-infested meat as the current system does (not to mention different treatment of animals and more sustainable practices). But, please, correct me if I'm wrong. I'm basing this solely on my own logic.

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I don't think that's a valid argument.  Think of all the recalls for tainted vegetables.

To my knowledge a majority of vegtable recalls have been due to animal feces runoff that contaminated the vegtables.  I cannot recall of a case when there was actually something wrong with the vegtable itself that was not affected by an outside source.

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I have to agree with kbuettne.  The contamination is from outside sources in both cases.  So there's really no difference between any of the recent vegetable or meat recalls that says one or the other is a superior food source.

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