Toronto’s Maple Leaf meat plant is recalling all of their products due to the bacteria listeriosis. So far, there have been at least four deaths, with 17 more being investigated. Unlike e-coli, many people are unfamiliar with Listeria monocytogenes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeriosis is “a serious infection … [that] affects primarily persons of advanced age, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.”
This is just one more meat recall that should alert people to the dangers of the unsanitary and unsafe factory farming industry. The animals carry this bacteria without appearing to be ill, and thus they are routinely killed and packaged. Which doesn’t help the people who die.