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Laurie Mosher

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E-Coli Disease
« on: July 19, 2000, 06:40:00 PM »
  There is alot of news today about E-Coli. In fact, it seems to be more predominant than usual. Here in Canada, isolated cases "keep popping " up indiscriminately throughout the country.
 My neighbor lost 7 calves, and 2 cows to this disease this year. Does anyone know what causes it? And why is suddenly becoming a MAJOR Health Problem?

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2000, 07:19:00 PM »
It is a bacteria that occurs naturally in the feces (bowels) of animals and humans.

As long as it is contained there, no problem.
But it got into the food chain by 'improper handling' of meat in a packing plant, and contaminated the meat.

It has also  been traced to a farmer in Mexico that relieved himself on the side of a strawberry patch then went back to picking strawberries and shipping them into the US.

Most of what I have just stated I read in an account in the Detroit Free Press just after an e-coli outbreak here in Mi.

Several children got violently ill, and several almost died from it.

There were some that died from eating contaminated beef used to make hamburgers for a fast food outlet in the western US a few years ago.

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2000, 09:13:00 AM »
E. Coli 0157:H7 is a deadly strain of bacteria that is commonly found in cattle in the U.S. and Canada. Drugs have had some success in keeping the mortality down in the cattle, but many come to market with the infection. During processing the bacteria can contaminate the meat and thus enter the human food chain through this most common vector.

E. coli has been found also in water, milk, apple juice, fruits and vegetables, and sprouts. It is also passed by human contacts.

The threat is greatest to the young and those with compromised immune systems. Strict vegetarians are not free from risk as the bacteria is being transmitted via those foods that are handled by workers that are contaminated and by water that is contaminated and sometimes by fruit and vegetables that are contaminated directy.

This is a serious threat and should not be taken lightly. Those that are using cattle manure to fetilize their gardens should reconsider since this is a route of transmission for the bacteria.

More will come to light as we continue this thread. Thank Jesus that we, His people, have been given great light and are able to discern things that the wise and educated cannot. With this light comes a great responsibility to warn the world.

The following is a FAQ from the Center for Disease Control in the U.S. Do not consider it as complete in that the threat is much greater than stated.

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Escherichia coli O157:H7 is an emerging cause of foodborne illness. An estimated 73,000 cases of infection and 61 deaths occur in the United States each year. Infection often leads to bloody diarrhea, and occasionally to kidney failure. Most illness has been associated with eating undercooked, contaminated ground beef. Person-to-person contact in families and child care centers is also an important mode of transmission. Infection can also occur after drinking raw milk and after swimming in or drinking sewage-contaminated water.

Consumers can prevent E. coli O157:H7 infection by thoroughly cooking ground beef, avoiding unpasteurized milk, and washing hands carefully.
Because the organism lives in the intestines of healthy cattle, preventive measures on cattle farms and during meat processing are beinginvestigated.


What is Escherichia coli O157:H7?

E. coli O157:H7 is one of hundreds of strains of the bacterium Escherichia coli. Although most strains are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals, this strain produces a powerful toxin and can cause severe illness.

E. coli O157:H7 was first recognized as a cause of illness in 1982 during an outbreak of severe bloody diarrhea; the outbreak was traced to contaminated hamburgers. Since then, most infections have come from eating undercooked ground beef.

The combination of letters and numbers in the name of the bacterium refers to the specific markers found on its surface and distinguishes it from other types of E. coli.

How is E. coli O157:H7 spread?

The organism can be found on a small number of cattle farms and can live in the intestines of healthy cattle. Meat can become contaminated during slaughter, and organisms can be thoroughly mixed into beef when it is ground. Bacteria present on the cow's udders or on equipment may get into raw milk.

Eating meat, especially ground beef, that has not been cooked sufficiently to kill E. coli O157:H7 can cause infection. Contaminated meat looks and smells normal. Although the number of organisms required to cause disease is not known, it is suspected to be very small.

Among other known sources of infection are consumption of sprouts, lettuce, salami, unpasteurized milk and juice, and swimming in or drinking sewage-contaminated water.

Bacteria in diarrheal stools of infected persons can be passed from one person to another if hygiene or handwashing habits are inadequate.
This is particularly likely among toddlers who are not toilet trained. Family members and playmates of these children are at high risk of becoming infected.

Young children typically shed the organism in their feces for a week or two after their illness resolves. Older children rarely carry the organism without symptoms.

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2000, 11:59:00 AM »
Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2000:

Girl, 3 Dies in E. Coli Case Linked to Sizzler Eatery.

Milwaukee--A 3-year old girl who was sickened by E.coli poisoning linked to a Sizzler restaurant in Milwaukee died Friday of complications from the illness, hospital officals said.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin said it has treated 7 cases of the disease in children 3 to 8 years old in the last week...Two children are still being treated at the hospital, and a 4-year old who had been vacationing with her grandparents in Wisconsin remains in a New York hospital's intensive care unit.

E.coli is a food-borne bacteria that can be spread by eating undercooked or spoiled meats and other contaminated products. --end of article.

Brothers and sisters, the Lord has given us as a people advanced warning on these crucial issues. Shall we not implement this counsel and share it with those around us?

"Meat should not be placed before our children...."  --Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 64.

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2002, 04:20:00 PM »
An outbreak of e-coli has resulted in the recall of 18,000,000 pounds of beef in the West and Mid-western U.S. Sixteen people are ill in Colorado and another six from S.D to California. American consumption of beef is slightly up from levels in 1993.

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« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2004, 02:11:00 PM »
Carneco Foods LLC, a 360-employee processing company based in Columbus, Neb., recalled about 497,000 pounds of frozen ground beef over concerns that it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The bacterium can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration; it can lead to death in the worst cases, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2004, 04:24:00 PM »
Canada has a large problem with E. coli in its meat. A Quebec woman has died and five others have been hospitalized after eating beef contaminated with the E. coli bacteria.
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2005, 08:36:00 PM »
A Pennsylvania company is recalling more than 40 tons of hamburger patties in 12 states because of possible E. coli contamination.

Quaker Maid Meats Inc. of Reading, Pa., recalled 3- and 5-pound boxes of its Philly-Gourmet brand patties made July 19.
The New York state Department of Health linked the product to three illnesses among people who ate meat from the same package.   Charlotte.Com

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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2005, 09:25:00 PM »
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 23 people became ill from salad contaminated by e.coli. Dole had to recall bags of Classic Romaine, American Blend and Greener Selection.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2005, 06:34:00 AM »
Though there has been reference to it, I want to spell out precisely that it is E. coli 157:H7 that is deadly. There are other E. coli that are beneficial. So when it is not specific about it being 157:H7 yet it is portrayed as being harmful, it is referring to this strain. Also, with a billion head of cattle in this country dumping wherever, whenever; and runoff from that natural process it is no wonder we hear of more cases. Also with slaughter practices that benefit the industry instead of the consumers it is also no wonder more people are getting sick from this disease. Though it can be acquired from eating tainted vegetables, if they are thoroughly washed it would not be a problem. This would other wise be only a meat eating problem but even correct cooking would kill the organism which is why it is usually associated with beef (medium rare anybody?).

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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2005, 09:23:00 PM »
It is an interesting subject, and an important one. How does this dangerous bacteria get in lettuce? I am not sure, but I have a couple of ideas and they ought to be of concern to us who garden. I have suggested many times that manure not be used in gardens because of the disease in animals. This disease is a good example of why there ought to be caution. E coli is excreted through the manure of the cow. So, when we put the manure in the garden it can contain the harmful strain of E coli. Now, we have it on our lettuce that will not be cooked. If we work in the garden and wash our hands in the house we take the bateria into the home. It is a deadly bacteria. It is also interesting to note that anti-biotics that kill it can be very harmful to the young child who may be treated.

How did it get in the lettuce? More and more manure is being used in commercial farming. And, as Brother Bill has pointed out, it ends up in our water supplies. Wells and streams are contaminated from runoff.

Great care needs to be taken in processed foods that are not cooked. Salads are a prime example. They sit in bags for many days and the bacteria can grow.

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Re: E-Coli Disease
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2005, 04:20:00 AM »
A few years ago a couple of the local public schools here had several students come down with Hepatitis-A. As the investigation progressed it was discovered that the source was strawberries that were imported from Mexico.
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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2007, 08:00:00 AM »
A nationwide E. coli outbreak last summer has been traced to spinach from a single California field processed on a single day, according to a report released Friday. The report says that all the samples testing positive for O157 were associated with a single farming operation, Mission Organics, which leased fields on the Paicines Ranch. source

The idea that we would grow food in cow manure today is rather shocking. Those who make a practice of eating commercial "organic" food need to consider the risk from food coming in contact with cow manure.

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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2007, 06:08:00 PM »
Richard, you are so right. We assume "organic" is safe, free from pesticides, yet there is this other element - natural fertilizers. Soon, nothing will be safe - and "soon" is almost here!

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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2007, 10:20:00 AM »
This deadly bacteria is rampant in cattle today. In my studies it appears that it may be the result of careless treatment of cattle with drugs that has caused this widespread infection of cattle. I will try and pull together some of the information I have come across.
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« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2007, 12:10:00 PM »
Do you have another link, sister. This one is for members only. As I recall this problem is an e. coli contamination?
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« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2007, 12:12:00 PM »
A Michigan meat packer is recalling 129,000 pounds of beef because it may be contaminated with the E. coli bacteria.

The firm, Davis Creek Meats and Seafood, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, shipped the beef products between March 1 and April 30, according to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.  source

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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2007, 11:56:00 AM »
Sorry about that! I didn't realize!  :(

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« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2007, 06:41:00 AM »
One never sees this kind of news on the front pages unless there are major deaths due to it.

They wait until someone gets sick or dies before they even take action as we saw with our pets.

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