Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Two More Reasons to Steer Clear of Meat

Yesterday, news reports stated a cow in California had died from Mad Cow Disease. It was the first confirmed case of the disease since 2006.

Even though “officials” are assuring the public their meat and dairy products are safe, how do they know?

From the LAT:

The diseased cow “was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health,” John Clifford, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinarian, said in a statement.

Mad cow disease was most famously imprinted on the minds of consumers by a massive outbreak in the United Kingdom that killed more than 150 people and 180,000 cattle. The disease can be passed to humans who eat tainted meat. The World Health Organization says research shows that milk does not carry the disease.

Previous scares were crippling to the cattle industry. Beef exports dropped by more than 70% after the first case in 2003.

“This is a big deal. People have a lot of fear over mad cow disease and for good reason,” said Stevie Ipsen, director of communications for the California Cattlemen’s Assn. “But our country’s meat is still the safest in the world. We’re confident people will carry on eating beef.”

Great …

So then, on the heels of that news came the reports that yet another person had collapsed after eating at the infamous, “Heart Attack Grill.”

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

There is a sign at the Heart Attack Grill that issues the warning, “This Establishment is Bad for Your Health.” Items on the menu include burgers with names such as the “Triple” and “Quadruple Bypass Burger,” and lard-cooked “Flatliner French Fries.” The quadruple bypass burger has even been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most caloric sandwich in the world, coming in at 10,000 calories for the 4-patty burger topped with layers of cheese and bacon.

Andrew Chow of Reuters reports that on Saturday evening, a female diner in her 40s collapsed during her meal at the Heart Attack Grill. The customer was reportedly eating a “Double Bypass Burger,” smoking cigarettes, and drinking an alcoholic beverage. Chow’s article suggests that it’s unlikely the woman, who is now recovering from the emergency, will be able to sue the establishment to pay for her medical bills for several reasons. The cause of her collapse remains unknown, and additionally the assumption of risk is a factor in this situation, since the customer knowingly entered into an activity when she was aware of the dangers and possibility of injury.

So I guess the takeaway from that article is you shouldn’t smoke, drink to excess and shove massive amounts of greasy meat and processed food into your mouth.

Okay then …

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