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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Giving our meat the premium drugs

It's pretty sad when our beef and chicken has been getting more and better antibiotic treatment than we do.  Especially when it means we're more likely to get sick as a result:

A team of researchers from Arizona bought meat and poultry in five cities across the United States, tested them for bacteria, and found this: 47 percent of the samples contained the very common pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, and 96 percent of those isolates were resistant to at least one antibiotic. Of more concern: 52 percent of those staph isolates were resistant to at least three antibiotics that are commonly used in both veterinary and human medicine.

That is, roughly one in four packages of meat and poultry from across the United States contained multidrug resistant staph.

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