14 Aug '11, 3am

Turkey recall highlights risks of FDA's delayed action on antibiotic use on healthy livestock

image courtesy Soil Science, via Flickr I went away for vacation and came back to headlines about a nationwide recall of turkey meat contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strain linked to at least 78 illnesses and to one death across 26 states. Twenty two people have been hospitalized. The outbreak has led to the recall of 36 million pounds of turkey, one of the largest meat recalls on record. The Salmonella strain in the turkey meat has been found to be resistant to commonly used antibiotics, including ampicillin and tetracyline . Antibiotic resistance makes infections – food-borne or otherwise –harder to treat and can increase the risk of hospitalization and the risk that known treatments will fail, as a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control (the CDC) pointed out . The headlines are both cautionary and frustrating. Cautionary because it is a rem...

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