Health Alert 6-15-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

June 15, 2012 - The USDA is expanding the search for dangerous bacteria in meat. The US Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety inspection services will begin testing ground beef for six additional strains of E-coli this month. If the meat is contaminated, it will not be allowed to be sold and could be subject to a recall. There are more than 700 different strains of the bacteria E-coli. Most of these types are harmless, but some can cause serious problems by attacking the intestinal tract. This testing is another initiative developed by the President's Food Safety Working Group.

Also, the life expectancy gap between white and black people is decreasing. According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the racial gap was reduced from 6.5 to 5.4 years among men and from 4.6 to 3.7 years among women. Mortality statistics show, blacks are still more likely to die from heart disease, HIV, diabetes and homicide, while infant mortality rates remain higher among blacks than whites. More whites died of "unintentional injury," specifically, poisoning.

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