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Eat veggies to avoid E. coli

Give that September is National Food Safety Education Month, your readers might be interested in an update about E. coli 0157:H7.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are approximately 73,000 cases of E. coli infections and 61 deaths each year in the United States. What many people don’t realize is that animal products are responsible for every single case of E. coli contamination – even on apples and romaine lettuce.



Fruits and vegetables become contaminated with E. coli bacteria when cattle manure is used a fertilizer. They can also be cross contaminated with E. coli bacteria when they are placed on the same surface as meat, or when a meat-handler passes this infection along through poor hygiene.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine encourages a vegetarian diet to stop the spread of E. coli and ward off heart disease, obesity, cancer and other diseases. See http://www.pcrm.org for more information and nutrition advice.




Neal Barnard, M.D.

president

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Washington, D.C.


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