Salmonella in the News

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Salmonella in the News – 30 August 2007

Last year spinach contaminated with E. coli was in the news. This year it’s salmonella.

According to the USDA:

“Salmonella lives in the intestinal track of humans and other animals, including birds. Salmonella is usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.”

The last E. coli contamination of spinach was traced to cattle feces from adjoining farms. This time it is fairly obvious that the spinach was also contaminated by animal feces.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has this to say about salmonella:

“Salmonella bacteria cause much of the food poisoning in the world, including an estimated four million cases of salmonellosis in the United States each year. In Illinois about 1,500 to 2,500 cases of this foodborne illness are reported each year.”

“Since early 1950, farmers have administered low doses of penicillin and tetracycline to cows, chickens and pigs to prevent infection and promote growth. As a result, the bacteria in these animals develop a resistance to the drugs. When these drugs are used to treat infections in humans who have eaten meat from treated animals, the drugs are not as effective as they might be. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 20 percent and 30 percent of all salmonella cases involve bacteria resistant to antibiotics.”

These are more good reasons why going vegan is the best solution.
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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