Food-borne Pathogens

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Food-borne Pathogens – 15 August 2008

“Every year, Americans suffer from approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths from something they ate. That something was probably of animal origin. The main culprits are E. coli, salmonella, Listeria, and campylobacter. The annual cost to the U.S. for the top five food-borne pathogens, all predominantly associated with animal-derived foods: $6.9 billion.”
– From: “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” by Pamela Rice

I wonder how many people are aware that disease outbreaks covered by the media as coming from a fruit or a vegetable really originate in animals? Intestinal bacteria from chicken, cow, and pig feces contaminate the water used for irrigation. Fruit and vegetables have no intestines, so the harmful bacteria cannot originate from fruit and vegetables. The bacteria come from the animal feces. It’s that simple.

In the kitchens of homes and restaurants, a common source of disease is bacterial cross-contamination from animal-derived products during food preparation.

Therefore, the safest thing to do is go vegan!

To read “Targeting the Real Cause of Salmonella,” visit: 

For great-tasting vegan recipes, visit: 

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