Hamburger, Dr. Hamburg?

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, a time to pay tribute to our fallen heroes and invite friends for a backyard barbecue of hamburgers, hot dogs and potential food poisoning.


Damn, it’s happened again.

Valley Meats, LLC, in Coal Valley, IL, has recalled almost 96,000 pounds of (not organic) ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. Click here for the full product list.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a Class I recall, which means “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” The meat was processed March 10 and distributed nationwide.

What will it take to ensure the safety of our food supply?

I’m sure infectious-disease specialist Margaret Hamburg, MD, is pondering the same question. Our new Food and Drug Administration commissioner was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday. She formerly served as New York City’s health commissioner.

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