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GROSS! 1 In 6 Cell Phones Contaminated With Fecal Matter!

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Cell Phone Fecal Matter

Yep.

According to a study, at least in Britain, 1 in 6 cell phones could have E. Coli because of contamination from fecal matter.

Because people don't wash their hands after using the bathroom:

The findings also suggest that many people lie about their hygiene habits, according to the researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Queen Mary, University of London.

The study authors went to 12 cities and collected 390 samples from the cellphones and hands of volunteers, who were also asked about their hand-washing habits.

Ninety-five percent of the participants told the researchers that they washed their hands with soap and water where possible. However, lab tests revealed that 92 percent of phones and 82 percent of hands had bacteria on them. The researchers also found that 16 percent of hands and 16 percent of cellphones harbored E. coli bacteria, which is found in feces and can cause serious illness.

Gross! We learn that at such a young age! Why can't people be bothered to take the time?!

Wash your hands, people! Ewww!

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Listeria Fear Prompts Voluntary Romaine Lettuce Recall

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Following a listeria outbreak linked to Colorado cantaloupes, bags of chopped romaine lettuce are being recalled in Alaska over concerns of potential listeria contamination.

Although no reported illnesses have been reported, True Leaf Farms of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling 2-pound bags of chopped romaine lettuce which have a use-by date of Sept. 29.

While listeria can be fatal, the bacterial infection is particularly dangerous to people with weakened immune systems such as infants, elderly, and HIV patients.

Better to be safe than sorry, so check your lettuce!

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Natural Preservative Eliminates Risk Of Meat's E. Coli And Salmonella Contamination

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Science has done it again!

Researchers have discovered that bisin, a compound produced by harmless bacteria, kills harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli WITHOUT apparent health risks, unlike many other preservatives.

Not only will the bacteria's application to meat and dairy products reduce the risk of E. coli and salmonella contamination almost to 0%, but will extend shelf life of those products for up to three years!

Can you imagine eating 3-year-old chicken or beef? It sounds almost too good to be true, but we wish the researchers the best as they continue to investigate this miracle preservative.

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Salmonella 'Superbug' Discovered!

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Poultry

Uh oh…

Scientists have discovered a new strain of salmonella labeled as a "superbug" because it is highly resistant to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin, or Cipro, often used for severe salmonella infections.

Known as S. Kentucky, the drug-resistant infection has spread internationally with almost 500 cases found in France, Denmark, England and Wales in the period between 2002 and 2008!

The Atlantic hasn't prevented it from crossing U.S. boarders either. French researchers say the infection may have reached the U.S. after studying reports of infection in Canada and contamination of imported food in the states.

While most infections only cause mild gastroenteritis with stomach cramps, fever and diarrhea, older people or those with weaker immune systems are particularly at risk of life-threatening infections.

In a study which found cases for the superbug rising from 3 in 2002 to 174 in 2008, researchers believe "poultry is an important agent for infection" and wrote:

"We hope that this publication might stir awareness among national and international health, food and agricultural authorities so that they take the necessary measures to control and stop the dissemination of this strain before it spreads globally."

We hope so to! Salmonella is one thing, but super salmonella? We only like the word "super" attached to heroes!

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Total Beef Recall

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Ground Beef recall

Where's the beef?

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, a Kansas company, has recalled 14,158 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination.

The USDA has classified the recall as "Class 1," having determined:

"This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

Sounds serious! Luckily, there have been no reports of any illness.

The company's recalled products include: 40-pound cases of "beef fine grind 81/19" with 10-pound "chub" sub-packages, 40-pound cases of "beef chuck fine grind 81/19" with 10-pound "chub" sub-packages, 40-pound cases of "beef sirloin fine grind 91/9" with 10-pound "chub" sub-packages, 40-pound cases of "beef fine grind 90/10 natural" with 5-pound "chub" subpackages, and 60-pound cases of "beef fine ground 93/7."

The beef was sent out on February 22 to Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington for further processing and distribution, possibly sold under different brand names.

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