Has CNN Snr Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta "Effed Up"?
Talking about Spinach and Ecoli on KTVU this Morning
Watching KTVU this morning, I heard something that made me prick up my ears. The CNN Snr Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta was live on the station talking about the Ecoli spinach breakout and was attempting to explain Ecoli's relationship with cattle and beef. This is what he said:
"grainfed cattle actually had less likelihood of actually allowing the bad ecoli to live in their bodies...maybe people don't like grain fed beef as much but that does seem to reduce the risk"
Why did that make me prick up my ears? Well, because all day yesterday I was reading the exact opposite.
This from Time Magazine (ironically enough, "in partnership with CNN"):
"But feeding steers grain and supplements can create safety issues--for cattle and humans. Biologically, cattle are ruminants, exquisitely evolved to graze grass, and researchers have found that a grain diet raises the acidity in steers' guts. This breeds an acid-resistant form of E. coli that can spread from feces-contaminated carcasses to meat. Although USDA inspections are supposed to detect E. coli, the system is not perfect. In 1993, 600 people in Seattle got sick and three children died after eating E. coli-- tainted hamburger. Since then, outbreaks have triggered more recalls and led to a federal recommendation that consumers cook beef thoroughly. According to USDA research, more than half of grain-fed cattle have been found to have acid-resistant E. coli in their feces; the proportion drops to 15% if they are switched to hay."
Two polar positions are being presented to us in mainstream media.
Who is telling the truth? I know who I'd put my money on.
PS. With many thanks to a boyfriend who digitally records the news every morning.