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Big Beef: Beef’s raw edges [View all]

Source: Kansas City Star

SIOUX CITY, IOWA -- Margaret Lamkin doesn’t visit her grandchildren much anymore. She never flies. She avoids wearing dresses. And she worries about infections and odors.

Three years ago, at age 87, Lamkin was forced to wear a colostomy bag for the rest of her life after a virulent meat-borne pathogen destroyed her large colon and nearly killed her.

What made her so sick? A medium-rare steak she ate nine days earlier at an Applebee’s restaurant.

Lamkin, like most consumers today, didn’t know she had ordered a steak that had been run through a mechanical tenderizer. In a lawsuit, Lamkin said her steak came from National Steak Processors Inc., which claimed it got the contaminated meat from a U.S. plant run by Brazilian-based JBS – the biggest beef packer in the world.


Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/12/08/3954258/big-beef-beefs-raw-edges.html



This story broke in today's KC Star. Applebees is headquartered in Kansas City.

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