By Brittany McCallum:
While searching for an interesting Pulitzer Prize story I came across this title that caught my attention. I immediately wanted know more about the burger. I recently became a vegetarian and have a new desire for learning about the production and distribution of meat products.
The New York Times’s Michael Moss won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on contaminated beef and food safety issues. The story focuses on Stephanie Smith, a children’s dance instructor. Smith thought she had a stomach virus, but her kidneys shut down. Seizures knocked her unconscious. The convulsions grew so relentless that doctors had to put her in a coma for nine weeks. When she emerged, she could no longer walk. The affliction had ravaged her nervous system and left her paralyzed. Ms. Smith, 22, was found to have a severe form of food-borne illness caused by E. coli, which Minnesota officials traced to the hamburger that her mother had grilled for their Sunday dinner in early fall 2007. (New York Times)