Big Beef’s Dirty Little Secrets Revealed

  • The hidden danger in your meat Big Beef doesn’t want you to know about. Discover what it is…
  • Will the USDA’s solution work for you? Only if you know where to look. Find out more…
  • The one person you need to talk to before you hit the grill. 

Natalie MooreDear Living Well Daily Reader,

Memorial Day weekend is upon us.

And you, like many, may have plans to kick off grilling season with a nice juicy steak.

But before you get to throwing those cuts on the BBQ, you might want to give the label a double-check.

You see, over the last 15 years or so, some meats have been responsible for six outbreaks of food-borne illness according to the CDC. We will dig into this a bit deeper in a while.

Including an extreme case where an Iowa woman named Margaret became so ill from eating a medium rare steak she had to be hospitalized.

In fact, this meat-borne infection was so severe it ruined her colon and almost killed her. Sadly, because of this damage, she now has to wear a colostomy bag for the rest of her life.

And while Margaret’s story is an extreme case, this could happen to anyone who eats a certain type of beef.

But the danger doesn’t lie in the meat itself. It comes from a process so popular that more than 90 percent of beef producers use it.1

It’s not breaking news that processed raw meats bring extra dangers.

For instance, you may have heard that eating ground beef instead of a steak may increase your chances of getting a food-borne illness like E. coli. But an extra precaution is taken with ground beef — E. coli testing.

The problem is this other form of processed beef flies under the radar because it isn’t recognizable like ground meats are. In fact, you would never even know it had been processed.

And it’s even more dangerous because some big beef producers admit they don’t test these cuts for E.coli.

However, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is hoping to reduce the risks of you getting sick from it.

Of course, they aren’t taking the steps to end the practice or require testing these adulterated cuts, but instead label them.

Here’s how they can make you sick…

--Tiny Holes, Big Danger

Many beef processors and packers often mechanically tenderize certain cuts of meat.

This process, called “needling” or “blading” in the industry, punctures the beef with blades or needles to break down the muscle fiber, which makes the meat easier to chew.

This becomes dangerous when pathogens like E. coli or salmonella are on the surface of the steak. Once tenderized, those bacteria are transferred to the inside of meat, where they can make you sick.

Since there are several outbreaks of food-borne illness linked to this process, FSIS now requires meat packers to label any beef that has been mechanically tenderized and add safe cooking instructions.

Kirkland Beef

Source: pbs.org

Some companies, like Costco, voluntarily labelled their mechanically tenderized meats even before the requirement went into effect last week. But this kind of transparency was rare among meat sellers.

Without this label, it would be hard to decipher whether your steak was mechanically tenderized. It doesn’t look any different and has no detectable needle piercings.

And since over 2.7 billion pounds of beef labeled for sale in the U.S. are mechanically tenderized, chances you may some in your fridge right now.2

However, just because there is a label doesn’t mean the meat is safe unless it is cooked to a minimum of 160 F.

Considering the popularity of rare and medium rare cooked steaks, mechanically tenderizing could still cause problems for some folks.

If you aren’t willing to give up your rare steaks, it’s probably your best bet to talk to your butcher and find out what cuts haven’t been needled or bladed.

But you may want to do this anyway. I went to the market last night and couldn’t find one package of beef with the label on even though the rule took effect on May 17.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily Insider


Sources

[1] Iowa woman nearly died from eating a tenderized beef steak

[2] What is mechanical tenderizing, and why is it hazardous to your steak?

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

The “EAT MORE FAT” Secret to Staying Slim

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,   Thanks to DECADES of mainstream nutritional misinformation, Americans are terrified of fat. They fear eating fat even though sugar and vegetable oils are the true villains. And I’ve yet to meet an American that doesn’t believe all body fat is bad, too. Of course, you don’t want to carryi around...

Read This

MAILBAG! 3 Secrets to a Long Healthy Life

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, What do you think are the top 3 things one can do to live a long life? –Mary from Milford, CT Hi Mary, Thanks for your excellent question! When you asked for the TOP three, it really stumped me at first. We can do so many things to live longer...

Read This

Seasoning Scapegoat Is Falsely Blamed for Immune Issues

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, A sprinkle of THIS. A dash of THAT. If you like to cook, chances are you love seasoning your dishes to bring out their best flavors. But a study published last year has a lot of folks questioning how they’re preparing their food. Because according to the researchers, no matter...

Read This

[ALERT] Persistent Aspirin Myth Can KILL

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Honestly, I thought we’d already put this issue to bed. After all, the evidence is in. We KNOW that taking a daily aspirin is a bad idea. But the headlines just keep coming anyway… “Aspirin Reduces Breast Cancer by 20 percent!” “Aspirin Cuts Heart Attack Risk!” With incredible claims like...

Read This

Pump the Brakes on Brain Aging in 15 Minutes Flat

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, I’m going to give it to you straight. Aging is tough on your whole body. Your joints… heart… and even your youthful skin all begin to show the effects of the passage of time. But aging takes the biggest toll on your brain. Because as the years go by, you...

Read This

Delicious Diet Secret Drives Down Blood Pressure

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,  Every 90 seconds. That’s how often another woman in the United States has a heart attack. Because the reality is heart attacks don’t just happen to men. Nearly one out of two adults in the United States has high blood pressure. And heart disease is one of the biggest health risks...

Read This

Study Links Common “Forever Chemical” to THIS Killer

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, Mad scientists have created some pretty crazy chemicals in the laboratory. And mad businesses have taken those toxic concoctions and unleashed them into our world. You’ve probably seen a few headlines about “forever chemicals” lurking in our environment. In fact, I’ve shared warnings about them right here in Living Well...

Read This

MAILBAG! Break the Cycle of Varicose Veins

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, “What can I do about varicose veins?” — George, 75 Huntsville, AL Dear George, I have some good news and some bad news about varicose veins. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Once the damage is done to the veins, it’s hard to reverse. But the...

Read This

The Pop Quiz Big Pharma HOPES You FAIL

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, I’ve got a little pop quiz for you today. But don’t worry, it’s only one question. Now, if you’re anything like me, you HATE to fail. The trouble is the deck is stacked against you this time. So I don’t want you to be too hard on yourself if you...

Read This

Don’t Ignore This ODD Alzheimer’s Red Flag

Dear Living Well Daily Reader, It’s a nearly universal experience. When you reach a certain age, you start to worry about your memory. Because when you’re a senior, a “simple” forgotten name or missed appointment is NEVER simple. Instead, it’s yet another reason to be anxious about whether it’s an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease....

Read This