Eliminate Sales of Livestock Feed Containing Hazardous E. Coli

Target: Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Demand the FDA forbid sale of cattle-fed distiller grain proven to cause E. coli poisoning in humans.

Tests done by the USDA have repeatedly proven that distiller grains fed to slaughterhouse cattle cause a lethal strain of E. coli in humans who consume the meat.  Equally dangerous are the vegetables fertilized by the cattle’s manure and groundwater seepage. The Food and Drug Administration has failed to implement regulations due to the high revenue intake the grain makes for ethanol production.

“Distiller’s grain is a good animal feed, but is likely to have profound implications in food safety,” stated a lead USDA researcher in a recent press release. Most farms use manure from the grain-fed cows to fertilize ground vegetables, of which the harmful pathogen is found in concentrations equally as high as the meat. This seeps into groundwater, which causes alarm even for those who don’t consume distilled grain-fed beef.

The ethanol business continues to grow at a rapid rate due to new government mandates. In 2010-2011 the cheap and readily available distilled grain replaced over 900 million bushels of the traditional corn used to feed livestock. By 2012, the ethanol industry owed 26% of its revenue to this hazardous byproduct. That number – along with cases of E. coli poisoning in humans – will steadily climb unless the FDA forbids the sale of the cheap, pathogen-yielding feed to American farmers.  Sign this petition to ramp up pressure on the FDA to stop the sale of this harmful grain.


Dear Food and Drug Administration,

The feeding of distiller grains to slaughterhouse cattle is proven to cause E. coli 0157 in humans, the most harmful strain of the pathogen. This is a case where a profit margin overrules the biological safety and well-being of citizens nationwide and is unacceptable. Sale of the byproduct has escalated at an alarming rate with very little action planned to ensure the rate of E. coli diminishes in future meat products sold for consumption.

I urge and demand adherence to your duty as overseers for the safety of America’s food consumption, ensuring the food market is and will always be pathogen-free. Allowing slaughterhouse farmers to feed livestock the antibiotic rich distiller grain shows lack of standards for the health of Americans nationwide, of which should always be upheld with respect. We ask you uphold your basic duties and take a firm stand against E. coli beef and beef byproducts.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. J Davidson says:

    Distiller grains are not a natural food for cattle and worse than corn, which also is not natural for them.

  2. Feed cattle using plants like grass and other green leaves. It’s more natural and it has nutrients for them. I would rather eat pure meat than to eat meats with additives which will lead to food poisoning.

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