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nationwide study published by the USDA in 1996 found that 7.5 percent of the ground beef samples taken at processing plants were
contaminated with Salmonella, 11.7 percent were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, 30 percent were contaminated with
Staphylococcus aureus, and 53.3 percent were contaminated with Clostridium perfringens. All of these pathogens can make people sick; food
poisoning caused by Listeria generally requires hospitalization and proves fatal in about one out of every five cases. In the USDA study 78.6
per-cent of the ground beef contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal material. The medical literature on the causes of food
poisoning is full of euphemisms and dry scientific terms: coliform levels, aerobic plate counts, sorbitol, MacConkey agar, and so on. Behind
them lies a simple explanation for why eating a hamburger can now make you seriously ill: There is shit in the meat. the national dish
IN THE EARLY YEARS of the twentieth century, hamburgers had a bad reputation. According...
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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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