August 9th, 2010
02:47 PM ET

1 million pounds of ground beef recalled

Consumers are being warned to check their freezers for recalled beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. The Modesto California-based meat processor Valley Meat Company is voluntarily recalling approximately one million pounds of ground beef.  The beef may contain a rare strain of the bacterium E. coli O157:H7.

The Valley Meat Company says the ground beef patties and bulk products were  produced between October 2nd, 2009 through January 12th, 2010 and were distributed to retail outlets and institutional foodservice providers in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and overseas.  A list of retailers has not yet been released, but a complete list of products has been published on the company's website.

So far seven people are believed to have been sickened between February and June according to a USDA press release.  Consumers are urged to throw away any of this beef, if they still have it in their freezers.

E. coli can cause serious illness including death in the most severe cases.  Consumers can avoid getting sick if they properly cook their meat to at least 160° F, which kills the bacteria.

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  1. xcfghgf

    cook the meat people.....don't eat it raw and you will be fine.....

    August 9, 2010 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TED

      REally?! Would you eat it off the floor too?

      August 9, 2010 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
    • muzak

      Actually, cooking the meat doesn't always kill this bacteria. Several of the cases involving fatalities, usually children, were from hamburgers purchased from fast food outlets.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
    • xcfghgf

      ted tard......most animal and raw egg products contain bacteria......but people are too stupid too cook them fully......

      August 9, 2010 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
    • xcfghgf

      cooking to the right temperature will kill this bacteria.....are you stupid??

      August 9, 2010 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
    • muzak

      You can't cook the meat long enough to kill this strain of bacteria. That's the problem.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
    • xcfghgf

      a heat resistant strain of bacteria....wow thats 2012 end of the world delusion stuff

      August 9, 2010 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      Cooking the meat to the right temperature will kill the bacteria but won't get rid of the toxins they leave behind (poo from the poo bugs), or the chemicals and antibiotics pumped into the meat.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:34 | Report abuse |
    • xcfghgf

      burbank.....any raw veggies you eat were most like crapped on by a wild animal

      August 9, 2010 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
  2. txkboy

    The headlines should have been "Another FDA Inspector Misses the Mark".

    August 9, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Aaronofobx

    This is why everyone should buy their meat locally from small farms or meat markets that sell local produce. That's hundreds of animals that were slaughtered for nothing, in some mass market, hell pit. As somebody whose butchered plenty of cows, and goats, and poultry most of you wouldn't eat the meat, if you had to partake in one of these Big Agro, Processing Plant, slaughterhouses. You are what you eat. No wonder half the people in this country are insane, violent, thieves.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. CornFed American

    Wow, just saw that Michael Polian commented on this chain. This is an outstanding author who has written several books and appeared in great films on this subject like Food Inc and King Corn. If you care about you and your family's health and don't plan on leaving this country then seek out information on what is really going on in our food industry.

    Mike- Keep up the great work! Love that you are working hard to educate the people of this great nation and exposing the truth behind the lies.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • muzak

      Everyone should see Food Inc.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
  5. me

    No one ever said it can't happen in vegetables, fruits, etc. It is less likely though.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • xcfghgf

      wild animals crap right on field raised veggies.......wash them well-lol

      August 9, 2010 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
  6. Topsides

    Just cook the meat and you don't have to worry about it.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • xcfghgf

      cook it to 160 F, I believe

      August 9, 2010 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
  7. Shawn Marie Hardy

    If this isn't enough to make you want to stop eating meat...

    August 9, 2010 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Abner Kratitz


      August 9, 2010 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
  8. Veggie

    I think an even beeter saying is if God had wanted meat eaters to live he wouldn't have made e. coli, heart disease, colon cancer, salmonella, etc....

    August 9, 2010 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Balance

      Even "beeter" eh? Move along, go nibble some soy...

      August 9, 2010 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
    • Ptothek

      e-coli is also found in veggies.. More commonly actually

      August 9, 2010 at 17:41 | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      Ecoli in veggies still comes from poo – animal poo fertilizer in the soil or worse.

      August 9, 2010 at 17:44 | Report abuse |
    • Balance

      So we kill the animals anyway so they don't poo on our crops. Most of the veggie recalls were due to wild animals in the field, so the answer is...?

      August 9, 2010 at 17:53 | Report abuse |
  9. will mount

    It's best to beat your meat first...then cook it.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Abner Kratitz

    Just wai til we start contracting Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease). Woo Hoo!!!


    August 9, 2010 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Zereh

    Here's what is on their website. It's not very clear about which products to toss, imo.

    Valley Meat Company is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,000,000 pounds of ground beef products because of the potential for E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The recall extends only to the products listed below that were produced between October 2, 2009 and January 12, 2010 and were sold in California, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and internationally.

    All products subject to the recall bear the establishment number “EST. 8268” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a five-digit code that signifies the date they were produced. The affected 2009 products will carry a number between 275 and 365 before the “09” ending. The affected 2010 products will carry a number between 001 and 012 before the “10” ending.

    Because most of the products are sold frozen, we are working with our retailers to remove the affected products from grocery store shelves, and to encourage consumers to dispose of products they may have at home or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working with us in retrieving products.

    Refer to the list below for all of the products including in the recall.

    If you have any of the below products, please discard of them immediately or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. To determine if you have any of the affected products, first look to the product name on the label. If it matches any of the names listed below, locate the “EST. 8268” inside USDA mark of inspection as well as the five-digit code (typically found on the top of the bag) that signifies the date they were produced. The affected 2009 products will carry a number between 275 and 365 before the “09” ending. The affected 2010 products will carry a number between 001 and 012 before the “10” ending.

    * BIGGER VALLEY BURGER – 6/5# (73/27) Retail Bag
    * BIGGER VALLEY BURGER 12/3# (80/20) Retail Bag
    * HEARST 80/20 PATTIES 5/1R -10#
    * IQF 80/20 GROUND BEEF PATTIES, sized 2/1 OVAL, 2/1 RND, 3/1 Oval, 3/1 rnd,
    * 4/1 rnd, 4/1 thin, 5/1 rnd, 6/1 rnd, 8/1 rnd 10# case
    * IQF BEEF PATTIES WITH SOY, sized 4/1, 5/1, and 6/1 10# case
    * RPQ 80/20 GROUND BEEF 4/10#
    * RPQ 85/15 G B 4/10# CLEAR PACKAGING
    * RPQ 85/15 GROUND BEEF 4/10#
    * RPQ 85/15 GROUND BEEF PATTIES 160/4 oz, 40/4 oz cases
    * RPQ 90/10 GROUND BEEF 4/10# also clear
    * THE BUITCHER’S CUT 100% GROUND BEEF PATTIES RETAIL BOXES 8#, and 12/2.5# (73/27 )
    * 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES – 12/3# RETAIL BAG (15% FAT)
    * 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES – 12/3#, 6/5#, 8/3# RETAIL BAG (73/27)
    * 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 12/3# RETAIL BAG (7% FAT)
    * 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 12/3# RETAIL BAG (20% FAT)
    * 73/27 GROUND BEEF Packaged in: 10/1#, 40/1#, 20/2#, 15/3#, 4/5#, 8/5#, 4/10#
    * 80/20 GROUND BEEF Packaged in: 10/1#, 40/1#, 2/5#, 4/5#, 8/5#, and 4/10# fresh and frozen
    * 85/15 GROUND BEEF Packaged in: 4/5#, and 8/5#
    * 90/10 GROUND BEEF – 8/5#
    * 90/10 GROUND BEEF PATTIES 160/4 oz case
    * 93/7 GROUND BEEF 4/10#

    Valley Meat Company is a family-owned and operated business with a fifty year history in Modesto and an unwavering commitment to food safety as our top priority. We maintain daily, on-site inspections by the USDA and utilize the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points program (HACCP) developed by NASA as a core component of our extensive food safety program. This is the first recall in our history and we will investigate the matter thoroughly and take any measures deemed necessary to further elevate our safety standards, protect consumers, and ensure confidence in our products.

    Wash hands in warm water with antibacterial soap before and after handling raw meat. Wash all preparation and cook surfaces before and after handling raw meat. Cook all ground beef products to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F to ensure food safety. Visit the USDA website for additional food safety information here.

    Consumers with additional questions about the recall should call 1-866-221-6474.[\QUOTE]

    August 9, 2010 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Abner Kratitz

    Get a food processor and grind your own solid muscle meat from chuck roast if you must eat meat. Less chance of contamination from gut fluids or thyroid tissue.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Steven P

    I bet this was done in union shops. Any takers?

    August 9, 2010 at 17:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Abner Kratitz

      I didn't think there were any left. Likely a plant with no union safety regs full of illegals not washing their hands. No illegal alien problem! We have an illegal employer problem!

      August 9, 2010 at 17:43 | Report abuse |
    • Steven P

      No illegal alien problem? Okay...if _you_ say so.

      August 10, 2010 at 08:05 | Report abuse |
  14. Burbank

    It also wouldn't be happening if people started limiting family size to one or two children. It's another result of exploding overpopulation. People still aren't getting it and continue to have out 3-4 kids per family, and it's much worse in the third world. Each generation is increasing exponentially. We are consuming this planet like a plague of locusts. Makes me wonder if WE are actually the plague of locusts mentioned in the bible...

    August 9, 2010 at 17:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • xcfghgf

      good idea burbank...go get your tubes tied off and not have any kids......and get 100 billion other women to,also

      August 9, 2010 at 17:59 | Report abuse |
  15. xcfghgf

    actually wiki says 72C and 162F kills this and all other possible bacteria strains in hamburger......medium well

    August 9, 2010 at 17:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. CColon

    There is no reason today with all the technology and proper precautions that this type of thing still happens. Meat, vegetables, fruits, whatever.....there has to be better inspections and handling for our foods in this country. Instead of it getting....it is getting worse and we hear more and more stories like this. Why doesn't the government get some jobs going in this area to ensure the public safety with regard to what we eat? They can spend money all over the place when they want to.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Abner Kratitz

      Too many brainwashed teabag freaks for regulation; a dirty word. No Big Government telling us what we can do. Small Government! Deregulate! Tax cuts!

      August 9, 2010 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • xcfghgf

      you must be deluded.... with the volumes of food pre-processed around the world.....it's a wonder it doesn't happen more often....inspecting it all is not possible

      August 9, 2010 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
  17. Nick

    Dave...you my friend are an idiot. Do you not remember the spinich, tomatoe, and lettuce recalls for ecoli and other various things

    "Yeah, because only animals can carry bacteria and get you sick! Vegetables & fruit are never recalled!"

    August 9, 2010 at 17:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • xcfghgf

      wild animals prefer to crap on those expensive organic veggies....wash them many times....

      August 9, 2010 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
  18. William Brooker

    I echo several comments here about grass fed beef. Unfortunately I feel it's decades away but our food system really should turn the clock back 60-70 years to support more localized agribusiness. Our food sucks compared to many other countries due to the manipulation by huge agriculture conglomerates and the fast food industry. The breads, meats and cheeses in Europe blow the U.S out of the water because food is something to be enjoyed there–not something to stuff down your gullet as quickly and cheaply as possible.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • xcfghgf

      grass fed beef is better in many ways, but if its hamburger is butchered in a factory there could still be contamination

      August 9, 2010 at 18:01 | Report abuse |
  19. JHamm

    Hmmmmm, problem was known about in Jan 2010 and we're just hearing about it now...way to get information to the masses quickly.

    August 9, 2010 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Veggiehead

    Did you know that a million pounds of pre-formed, frozen meat patties are the amalgamation of scrap meat from potentially millions of cows - some of them from other countries? Processed hamburger patties are usually assembled from meat slurry (imported, often from South America), fat and gristle (again, often imported), and enough ground whole meats to make it look like a hamburger (that's generally domestic meat). The source of e-coli contamination is most likely cow feces, and the meat would have been initially contaminated in the slaughtering phase of processing. But the potential for spreading the pathogen from one poorly dissected carcass is nearly endless. Freezing does not kill it. Heat does. But no one is going to purchase heat-processed meat patties. Radiation kills it, but irradiated food does not go over well in the USA.

    Personally, I don't know why any individual would buy this type of product. I know why food services and institutions buy it - it's dead cheap. But it is obviously unwholesome.

    Those of you going on about e-coli contamination of vegetables and greens: that contamination comes from either humans who do not wash their hands after using the toilet and then handle the produce, or who defecate in the fields; or animals (wild or domestic) who leave their calling cards in the fields. Packaged spinach and lettuce are affected often because they grow down close to the soil, they are hard to wash thoroughly, and they are generally eaten raw. But any produce can be contaminated, since humans handle it, from field to grocery store. Even at the store, people touch and squeeze produce in the displays. The only safe way to eat food you don't grow yourselves is to wash it thoroughly, peel what you have doubts about, and cook what you can.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • xcfghgf

      cook it to 162F

      August 9, 2010 at 18:06 | Report abuse |
    • Bets

      I really like that you stood completely without opinion when you posted that. Although, I can tell that you're a 'veggiehead'. Seriously though... this is the most intellectual input as far as a comment goes that I've seen yet today on CNN.com.

      August 9, 2010 at 18:20 | Report abuse |
  21. Nicole

    One of the reasons I buy my beef from a local farmer.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bzhbdf

      yea local farmers need business...to bad most local livestock farmer have been driven out of business by large scale corporate factory farms

      August 9, 2010 at 18:33 | Report abuse |
  22. why

    Just curious as to why meat eaters have so much hatred for vegans/vegetarians? They are choosing to be kind to animals. Why does a kind act inspire so much hatred? I'm vegan but I don't hate my meat eating friends. I get being annoyed at "preachy" vegetarians but still why all the resentment?

    August 9, 2010 at 18:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bets

      I really don't give a ****.

      August 9, 2010 at 18:17 | Report abuse |
    • star

      I wonder why, too. My personal experience is that unfortunately even not preachy vegetarians have a subtle holier than thou thing going. Being vegetarian is not natural for humans, yet they act like meat eaters are unnnatural, barbaric, cruel heart attacks waiting to happen and who may possibly taint them somehow. I think we all need to mind our own business, eat the way we have been convicted, and accept others wherever they are at.

      August 9, 2010 at 18:32 | Report abuse |
    • why

      if you don't give a s*** why did u comment? Just to be a dick I guess

      August 9, 2010 at 22:37 | Report abuse |
  23. Bets

    Holy cow (pun intended)! This turned into a omnivore/herbivore-insulting article! WHOA! Didn't expect that one.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Brian

    Note the dates involved. Some of this meat is almost a year old. Industry waits until we eat the meat and then recall it. Government regulators admit that less than 5% of "recalled" meat is actually recalled. Our laws covering this situation are the result of industry lobbying. This country has the best government that money can buy.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bets

      When I read this I thought the SAME thing. So disgusting..... what if I'd already eaten it? Six or seven months goes past– it's already in stores, and people have already eaten it. Sick sick sick.

      August 9, 2010 at 18:22 | Report abuse |
  25. Drew

    Eating grass fed beef avoids E-Coli contamination. Yes, this means your beef is going to be more expensive but you should eat less meat anyway fat America.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nanobot

      Yes, agricultural research has proven that cows fed corn will have a massive change in their gut flora which prefers the E. coli. And their meat tastes yucky. But, guess what? Tax payers are paying farmers to grow corn. Corn isn't that valuable so the revenue doesn't make enough to cover costs, unless the government pays them extra. But, corn is easy to store, which is makes it great for commodity trading and the investors love that green in their pockets. Cows are sick, people are sick, but meat is cheaper and investors can buy vacation properties. The American Dream!!!!!!

      August 9, 2010 at 18:34 | Report abuse |
    • bzhbdf

      if you buy a quarter of beef from a local farmer..it was feed corn also.....but the local meat proceessor will take his time and not contaminate the burgers,.....and give you a reminder paper about cooking hamburger to 162F

      August 9, 2010 at 18:38 | Report abuse |
  26. nanobot

    So we have toxigenic E. coli since late 2009, and they are just now recalling the stuff in Aug 2010, almost a year later. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. There should be class action law-suit against the FDA. How many corporate criminals made a profit off of selling this junk? And you know they are still happily making the big bucks. Well I say we throw them in a vat of their own poison. How this hapen? What is wrong with our system? Is our government COMPLETELY INCAPABLE OF PROTECTING THE PUBLIC HEALTH? There's your special interest lobby money. KILLING CHILDREN.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. robertnome

    Who is eating meat from Oct 2nd 2009 anyway? Is it not August 9th 2010?

    August 9, 2010 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. bzhbdf

    well bets....if you are a normal healthy adult that cooks his meat long enough.....you never would have known you ate it.....

    August 9, 2010 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. !@#$%%

    "Meatless Mondays" I'm doing it.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. jtapia

    anything can get you sick now a days.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bzhbdf

      Amsretdam window shopping for a prositute is completely safe

      August 9, 2010 at 18:34 | Report abuse |
  31. Heywood Jablowme

    I've converted to a 100% soylent green diet – I suggest the same to all of you sheeple out there.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. veganman

    if it has a face dont eat it

    August 9, 2010 at 18:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Stevemb

    Wow, I cant believe the ignorance in these reply's... Lets see..... pretty much everything has been recalled lately, meat, vegetables, peanut butter and oh ya cars. The reason for the recalls is not the specific meat, vegetables and the car products, its the way its handled/processed/produced. These large companies will do what ever it takes to cut corners and safety is the first thing to cut... We are the cause of the problem.... us HUMANS. Go watch food inc...... and buy from your local farmers... who care about their food.

    August 9, 2010 at 18:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Slim Jim

    You fools just keep on believing the meat industry. Your "meat" is pumped full of drugs, antibiotics and steroids and god knows what else. Beyond the fact of the cholesterol, fat and lack of exercise, meat and it's preparation has blasted this country into morbid obesity. Go on, have another slab of ribs and bucket of chicken. And while you're at it, take a look around at your fellow citizens and IF you have the nerve, the mirror!

    August 9, 2010 at 18:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • big jim

      Lucky for me I love drugs.

      August 9, 2010 at 19:58 | Report abuse |
    • Dr Feelgood

      Dim Jim: I can tell from your lack of brainpower.

      August 9, 2010 at 20:22 | Report abuse |
  35. Allen

    Someone stated that :"Vegetables & fruit are never recalled"

    This is not true.
    there was a recall on spinach not long ago.


    August 9, 2010 at 19:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. oldest hag

    Just cook it! No need to avoid meat. Just cook it completely. And wash your vegies thoroughly. Enough of the misinformation.

    August 9, 2010 at 19:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Greg

    If being a vegetarian is so wonderful, why are so many products marketed to vegetarians made to look and taste like meat products? Garden Burgers, Soy Hot Dogs, Soy Bacon etc. When was the last time you saw a pork product being advertised as "tasts just like a tomato"

    August 9, 2010 at 19:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MrsFizzy

      Hmmm.. good point. But some of the hard-core don't approve of that imitation meat stuff!

      August 10, 2010 at 01:14 | Report abuse |
  38. Ho hum

    Wow. Seven people sick in six months in a population of 300 million. Armageddon ain't what it used to be.

    August 9, 2010 at 19:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. philippe yatsenko

    this is another manifestation of the filthy conditions that generally exist in the meat processing plants

    August 9, 2010 at 19:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. steve

    Food Inc. Nuff' Said.

    August 9, 2010 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. RussH

    Back at Dave. There has been numerous vegetables recalled. Tomatoes, lettuce, may I keep going on.

    August 9, 2010 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Fatback

    As a friend once said: "I wouldn't eat meat, but I like the taste of animal souls."

    I live my life around this motto.

    August 9, 2010 at 19:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MrsFizzy

      And animals that have had a better quality of life and humane (" " ) slaughter taste better too!

      August 10, 2010 at 01:13 | Report abuse |
  43. miclot

    They should check the consumers, not the provider. 7 infected people : 7 careless people!!

    August 9, 2010 at 20:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Dan

    Hey Dave, what about the green onions that were recalled at Taco Bell not that long ago because they were tainted???????? Don't know if you noticed or not but they don't have those there anymore. Nice try though.

    August 9, 2010 at 20:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. notsafe

    If you'll notice. Recalls on meat normally don't happen until all or most of the product is sold. That is no coincidence. Because the meat packing industry is too greedy to care and they and the Republican party have made it too hard for the Feds to properly regulate them, citing 'free enterprise'. So get used to this. It took years just to stop them from feeding the cows we eat our euthanized animals from shelters. They are still allowed to feed them other dead cows, though. The people that feed us should not be allowed to go unregulated.

    August 9, 2010 at 20:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MrsFizzy

      That is exactly how BSE got started, linked to Variant CJD in humans. Thanks meat industry, USDA & FDA!

      August 10, 2010 at 01:12 | Report abuse |
  46. Dorothy

    I am done with buying ground beef unless it is round or sirloin that I watch the butcher grind.

    August 9, 2010 at 20:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. victor

    Anybody who has ground beef in their freezer that old should throw it away regardless.

    August 9, 2010 at 20:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Dr. Ann

    Besides tainted meat, what else gets people sick, especially kids, is Diet drinks. Along with Mercury and other contaminations in the environment, Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal) has also been linked to Autism.

    See the chart at http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=180197, which shows the timeline of Autism rates with Aspartame product approval and usage rates. Europe has banned the use of Aspartame for pregnant and nursing women as well as children. The countries where Aspartame has been banned or never accepted, their Autism rate is only a small fraction of the U.S. rate. Since Aspartame has been approved in 1981, and placed in soft drinks in 1986, the Autism rate has skyrocketed. The Aspartame notes page explains just a few studies on how Aspartame has been linked with brain disorders.

    Some Main Points:

    Dr. Olney warned of the damage that this product would do to the unborn and to children. He said that the FDA acknowledged “aspartame had been shown to induce brain damage in neonatal animals” but FDA dismissed the neurotoxicity as irrelevant on grounds that the approved uses of aspartame don’t include feeding it to newborn humans. Yet aspartame can be found in prescription and over-the-counter pediatric drugs and in pediatric vitamins. Nursing babies receive this poison from mothers who breastfeed. The recent plague of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, and birth defects manifest the neurologic devastations of aspartame. Supporting this view, Dr. Louis Elsas, Emory Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, testified in a congressional hearing that aspartame is a teratogen (causes birth defects) and a neurotoxin.

    Aspartame is a teratogen that triggers birth defects. It is a deadly neurotoxin (Dr. Louis Elsas testimony before congress, pediatric professor,genetics). Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. says aspartame triggers ADD and autism.

    August 9, 2010 at 20:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • brer

      Dear Dr. Ann, Thank you for your diatribe on what else gets people sick. You might consider sticking to the topic, or perhaps getting a soapbox or your own column next to Sanjay. thanks for the digression. maybe it's time to back to school to learn to focus, or up the meds for Attention Deficit Disorder ?

      August 10, 2010 at 00:45 | Report abuse |
  49. whatnext

    7 people got sick in 5 months. Is that an epidemic or a pandemic?

    August 9, 2010 at 20:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Think Local

    Buying from local farmers is safer and helps to support our local economies, which is the best use of our dollars. The toxins in mega factory farms is not going away anytime soon. I think I trust my neighbor farmer more than Tyson, etc.

    August 9, 2010 at 20:58 | Report abuse | Reply
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