Study Finds One in Four Packages of Meat Contain Drug-resistant Bacteria
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From Kelly Beth, This Dish is Vegetarian

[Ed. Note: Animals raised to be food are all eventually...well, killed. It is NOT surprising that the overuse of antibiotics for "farmed animals" is now dangerous to humans who eat them. The numbers of and virulent strains of drug-resistant bacteria are increasing faster than the drug companies can manufacture new concoctions. One more reason going vegan is good for LIFE!]

Meat isnít only murder, but it can also harm your family. Bringing contaminated meat into your homeóand you won't know until itís too lateómeans you risk infecting your loved ones, even if it is cooked through and through.

We are all so used to meat and egg recalls that it doesnít surprise us when it happens but what if I told you that 1 in 4 packages of meat contain drug-resistant bacteria that do more than just take up residency in our guts? That they also survive in our skin and other damp salty spots on our bodies, where they live indefinitely and without the host showing illness? Scaryóbut true.

Recent surveys [Spring 2011] conducted by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) show that retail meat and poultry are frequently contaminated with multi drug-resistant bacteria such as Campylobacter (causes abortion in animals and food poisoning in humans), Salmonella, and Enterococcus species (a streptococcus that causes inflammation and blood infection if introduced elsewhere from the intestine).

Sounds tasty, more of that, please!

The meat that was tested came from 26 retail grocery stores in 5 US cities: Chicago, Washington DC, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Flagstaff. Specimens included ground beef, ground turkey and turkey cutlets, chicken breast and thighs, and ground pork and pork chops. I should also note that these samples came from 80 unique brands.

The results? Gross. But in more detail, NARMS found that there was a prevalence of multi drug-resistance to clinically important antibiotics, with 96% of the samples containing Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) that were resistant to at least one antimicrobial. S. aureus was prevalent in turkey, followed by pork, chicken, then beef.

The lesson? Meat isnít only murder, but it can also harm your family. Bringing contaminated meat into your homeóand you won't know until itís too lateómeans you risk infecting your loved ones, even if it is cooked through and through.


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