Posts tagged: poultry

MRSA In The News – Superbug Now Found In Grocery Meat

In our previous posts about MRSA we have discussed the different ways this type of bacteria can be transmitted specifically through contact with an infected or colonized person. We have spent a lot of time talking about the high risks of getting infected in a hospital setting, but what about the risk of transmission from eating contaminated food?

In a recent alarming study, researchers have found MRSA bacteria in raw turkey, chicken and beef. This was first noticed in Detroit grocery stores. Experts say that they have always known that raw meat does in fact carry around bacteria and bugs like E. Coli. The recent findings of MRSA in raw meat should only reinforce the message that you need to wash your hands when handling meat and cook it thoroughly before eating.[1]

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The Rise of Superbugs- MRSA In The News

Welcome to a world where drugs don’t work – MSNBC March 31st, 2011

When Alexander Fleming discovered in 1928 the first antibiotic, penicillin, we believed that we had the tools necessary to beat bacteria. We understood that bacteria could develop resistance to antibiotics, but were quick to assume that scientists were always one step ahead of the game. Today, this is no longer the case. As this MSNBC article points out, antibiotic resistant superbugs have become a global problem, and we may be heading towards a pre-antibiotic era of medication where we will be unable to treat simple infections.

How did we get to this point? For many years now, we have been living in an era of antibiotic dependence. Considered “wonder drugs,” antibiotics are too often prescribed inappropriately by doctors, or are being used far more widely than for the treatment of sick patients. According to the US FDA, 29 million pounds of antibiotics are given to food-producing animals every year, accounting for ~ 80% of all antibiotics sold in the US. The more that people are exposed to these antibiotics, the higher the likelihood of them developing resistance and rendering these medications ineffective. Read more »

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