Norweigian company Gilde, largest producer and seller of all sorts of meat thought trouble was over for this time after the past months' discoveries of E.coli in some of their products. The bacteria was found after several children around the country suffered kidney failure.
At first, Gilde's minced meat was found as a link between the children. Gilde immedeatly sent out orders to throw away or return a long list of products. Those returned would be tested both by the company, and Mattilsynet, the Norweagian FDA.
Two weeks later Gilde was cleared of all suspicions, only to direct it onto other products such as salami and other cured sausages from the same company. All products were cleared from the shops, as had happened two weeks earlier with the minced meat, and the source of the bacteria was finally found.
This week it came out that company Gilde had sent out several tons of food to shops even after they knew it were infected with the E.coli.
Strangely, the poo worries me more than the bacteria. Of course the E.coli is much more dangerous and I'm not someone to go "eeeeek!" when seeing a bug (nor poo), but bacterias are everywhere and although that kind should definitely not be in food, it is impossible to see whether there's anything there or not.
Not so with poo. If it's there, you see it. Not that sheep's poo is particularly large but if two hard lumps are able to get inside your Sunday roast, it must have got there somehow. Do they not clean the animals? Or do they put some poo aside for inspiration? Shouldn't they get that all out before they cut the meat up and wrap it?
The way I see it, the bacteria could get in there without anybody noticing. They should make sure it can't and won't happen, but it's hard to see if it does. Both for them and for us. The poo, although not as dangerous, is easier to spot. If poo gets through, who knows what else does? What other kinds of bacterias have got through, and was this outbreak of E.coli the first, or simply the one everybody noticed?
poo info from vg.no
Anybody up for a tofu burger?