Meat tested has very high levels of bad and harmful bacteria

Meat tested has very high levels of bad and harmful bacteria

Just when you thought the ‘horse meat found in widespread meat products’ scandal was bad enough…

The New York Times reported on April 16, 2013 that “The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (Food and Drug Administration, the Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has found a sizable increase in the amount of meat contaminated with antibiotic-resistant forms of bacteria, known as superbugs, like salmonella, E. coli and campylobacter”.  This information was originally published by the US Government in February 2013.

The US Agriculture Department confirmed that almost 80% of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used in animal agriculture.  Public health officials in the United States and in Europe are warning that the consumption of meat containing antibiotics contributes to resistance in humans.

What are the key parts of this expose of tested meat by the federal government?

  • 87% of the meat the researchers collected contained either normal or antibiotic-resistant enterococcus, suggesting that most of the meat came in contact with fecal material at some point
  • 74% of all the salmonella found on chicken was antibiotic-resistant
  • 50% of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef contained bacteria resistant to antibiotics
  • 26% of chicken breasts, wings and thighs contained antibiotic-resistant campylobacter
  • 9% of chicken breasts, wings and thighs were contaminated with a variety of salmonella
  • 10% of the ground turkey contained resistant salmonella

As reported by The New York Times on April 16, 2013.

Full article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/business/report-on-us-meat-sounds-alarm-on-superbugs.html?_r=0


 

Posted: Thursday 18 April 2013

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