Fast Food Nation

Today large slaughterhouses and grinders dominate the

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Unformatted text preview: ain three years after eating a Hudson Beef hamburger. Nevertheless, he considers himself lucky. Antibiotics have proven ineffective in treating illnesses caused by E. coli 0157:H7. Indeed the use of antibiotics may make such illnesses worse by killing off the pathogen and prompting a sudden release of its Shiga toxins. At the moment, little can be done for people with lifethreatening E. coli 0157:H7 infections, aside from giving them fluids, blood transfusions, and dialysis. Efforts to eradicate E. coli 0157:H7 have been complicated by the fact that it is an extraordinarily hearty microbe that is easy to transmit. E. coli 0157:H7 is resistant to acid, salt, and chlorine. It can live in fresh water or seawater. It can live on kitchen countertops for days and in moist environments for weeks. It can withstand freezing. It can survive heat up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. To be infected by most food-borne pathogens, such as Salmonella, you have to consume a fairly large dose — at least a million organisms. An infection with E. coli 0157:H7 can be caused by as few as five organisms. A tiny...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.

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