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Grass Fed Beef and E. coli


E. coli and Grass Fed Beef

Why is Grass Fed Beef the Best?

Why are you at far less risk for E. coli when you eat grass-fed meat?

When you eat grass-fed meats you lower your risk of E. coli infection.

Did you know you have a greater risk of becoming ill and dying from E. coli bacteria, than Mad Cow Disease? When you eat grass-fed meat, you have a much lower risk of becoming infected with the bacteria.


Research has shown that grass-fed animals have far fewer E. coli than grain-fed animals and the small amount they do have is much less likely to survive the natural acidity of our digestive tract. (Our first line of defense against infectious diseases.)

Feeding any grain products, even "organic" grain products, to cattle makes their digestive tracts abnormally acidic. Eventually, the E.coli in their systems gets used to this acid environment. Then when we eat the meat, a high percentage of the E.coli survive the acid shock of our digestive juices, exposing our bodies to higher amounts of E.coli .

With grass-fed cattle very few E. coli survive because they have not become acid-resistant. When cattle are fed their Natural Diet of only grass, our natural defenses are still capable of protecting us.

Cleaner Beef

Pastured cattle are literally cleaner, which results in safer meat for us.

E. coli contamination happens in the slaughterhouse when manure from an animal comes in contact with meat. The less manure on an animal when it enters the slaughter house, the less likely the meat will become contaminated.

It is difficult to remove all the fecal contamination from the feedlot cattle because they stand all day long in dirt and manure.

In an article in the magazine Meat Marketing and Technology, the associate editor stated that pasture-raised animals were much easier to clean "because they come from small herds raised in relatively clean pastures." Most U.S. cattle, he said, "are raised in far larger numbers in congested and typically less sanitary feed lots."

From an article titled, "The Future of Food Safety," by Joshua Lipsky. Meat Marketing and Technology, April 2001

Antibiotics - Beef and Chicken

When the cattle and chicken you eat has been treated with antibiotics, the bacteria become resistant to them. Which means that the bacteria mutate and become resistant to the drugs. Then, when our family members or us, become infected with these antibiotic-resistant bacteria, there are less medications that will be effectively able to treat us. This is not new information.

E. coli - All the more reason to eat grass fed beef.

Do you still need safe food handling practices with grass fed meat?

Of course. You will still need to follow all safe-handling recommendations when you use meat from grass-fed animals. It takes only a few E. coli bacteria to make us sick. But now you know that your risk of becoming infected is much, much lower!

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