Meat contaminated yet again in undercover probe on turkey meat

Meat contaminated yet again in undercover probe on turkey meat

US Consumer Reports recently released a damning expose of fecal matter in more than half of all the retail-bought turkey they tested.

“Our findings strongly suggest that there is a direct relationship between the routine use of antibiotics in animal production and increased antibiotic resistance in bacteria on ground turkey.  It’s very concerning that antibiotics fed to turkeys are creating resistance to antibiotics used in human medicine”
Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group at Consumer Reports.

On April 30, 2013, Consumer Reports magazine released their first ever analysis of ground turkey bought at retail stores across the USA. 

What did they find? 

  • 90% had one or more of the five bacteria they tested for
  • Over 50% of the packages of raw ground meat and patties tested positive for fecal bacteria
  • Enterococcus and E. coli were identified on 69% and 60% of the ground turkey samples tested
  • Some contained salmonella and staphylococcus aureus, two of the leading causes of foodborne illness in the USA
  • Tests for the presence of five key food poisoning bacteria: enterococcus, E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, and campylobacter, were carried out on 257 random turkey meat samples nationwide
  • In addition, more than half of the enterococcus and the E. coli bacteria were resistant to three or more groups of closely related antibiotics.
  • Three samples of ground turkey were contaminated with the life-threatening methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), while 12 of the samples harbored Salmonella bacteria, one of the most common causes of foodborne illness in the U.S.
  • Again, it is worrying to note that two-thirds of the Salmonella bacteria were resistant to three or more important antibiotics.
  • The germs showed a disturbing level of resistance to some conventional antibiotics
  • Many were resistant to three classes of antibiotics
  • People made ill by those foods-rich-in-bacteria might need to try several antibiotics before one succeeds
  • In 2011, the US recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey containing a strain of antibiotic-resistant salmonella, which left one person dead and sickened at least 136 people 31 states

 As reported by The Wall Street Journal on April 30, 2013.

Posted: Friday 17 May 2013

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