ECOLI!! “There is a lot more to an article than just its title.

July 27th, 2011

I read a number of papers every day as well as trade rags and internet based information in order to provide accurate content to our readers and customers.

In most of my reading I try to relate the article to what else is going on in the world and try to understand how those pressures apply to the article I’m reading.

As a case in point; I was reading the USA TODAY MONEY section where the main article was titled “Only 1 deadly strain of E.coli is illegal” by Elizabeth Weise. As was the case for this author, I’m sure you are trying to figure out what the article is about, because shouldn’t all E.coli or more accurately conditions that cause E.coli to spread be illegal?

In any case according to the article there are a half dozen or so potentially deadly strains of E.coli but in the Untied States, companies are only required to test for one. That one is E.coli 0157:H7.

How we fix this issue is a real conundrum since the United States legislature does not seem to have this (food safety) as a significant issue, but then again they don’t seem to be able to agree on anything lately other than arguing with each other and wasting time.

At least we know now that 17% of the E.coli that could kill us is tested for. I’ll leave it to you as to whether or not that’s a good batting average.

We look forward to and appreciate your comments.

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