March 18, 2012

Pathogen Killer Gross to Many

1 Is Pink Slime in Grocery Store Beef Too?

Your grocery store ground chuck may or may not contain pink slime, the name given to lean beef trimmings treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria. NPR reports that pink slime isn't on the ingredient list, nor is it required to be there. According to NPR, an estimated 70 percent of the supply of ground beef contains lean bits of meat from muscle and connective tissue. These trimmings are called Lean Finely Textured Beef, and are more likely to contain E. coli or Salmonella and other bacteria. While the fat is extracted from the lean bits, the meat also undergoes a treatment with a gas composed of ammonium hydroxide, which kills pathogens. McDonald's recently decided to phase out the use of beef with pink slime, and the USDA is giving schools a choice on whether to buy it.

More at NPR | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: USDA: Schools Can Buy Pink Slime or Not, McDonald's to Phase Out Pink Slime in Burgers

Tags: Ammonia Treated Ground Beef Filler, Ammonium Hydroxide, Pink Slime School Lunches, Pink Slime Beef, Pink Slime Grocery Store Beef, What Pink Slime

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Nasty Bugs Are Killing More

2 Stomach Bug Deaths More Than Doubled

Gastroenteritis, mostly caused by stomach bugs, has been killing more Americans in recent years. CDC researchers report that the death rate from stomach bugs more than doubled from 1999 to 2007. During the eight-year period, deaths jumped from almost 7,000 a year to more than 17,000 a year. The findings, presented at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2012, reveal that people 65 and older accounted for 83 percent of deaths from gastroenteritis. Most stomach bug deaths are caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile. Researchers report a fivefold increase in death from C. diff, most likely due to highly resistant strains of the bacterium. According to WebMD, gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the intestines and stomach, may lead to severe dehydration.

More at WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Clostridium Difficile, Stomach Bug Deaths, Rise in Stomach Bug Deaths, Death Risk Gastroenteritis, Inflammation Intestines, Inflammation Stomach, International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2012

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The Dubliner at 12:30 Pm

3 Obama Has Guinness for St. Patty's Day

President Obama celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a stop at The Dubliner, a Capitol Hill pub, says CNN. His motorcade arrived around 12:30 p.m., a bit before the St. Patrick's Day crowds hit! Obama drank a Guinness and shook hands with pub-goers sporting green top hats and wigs. CNN reports that Obama wore a moss-colored fleece jacket to avoid pinches. The Obama family celebrated St. Patrick's Day by dying the water in the South Lawn fountain green. On Tuesday, the Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny will have a belated St. Patrick's day lunch at the U.S. Capitol and attend a reception at the White House.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: First Lady Michelle Obama Does Cleanses

Tags: President St. Patricks Day, Obama St Patricks Day, Guinness Beer March 17, How Obama Celebrates St Patricks Day, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, Irish Taoiseach Visiting, Dubliner DC

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