06 Feb '12, 3pm

MRSA MRSA me: Getting the facts about the superbug in pork

MRSA MRSA me: Getting the facts about the superbug in pork

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). (Photo by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.) A few weeks back, we reported on a study out of Iowa University that tested supermarket pork for antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria (aka MRSA). The researchers found MRSA at the same rate for conventionally raised meat and for meat raised without antibiotics. In her well-respected WIRED blog on the topic, Superbug , Maryn Mckenna summed up the media response to the news like this : There’s just as much resistant bacteria on drug-free meat as there is on conventional meat, so why spend the money — or raise the alarm over farm antibiotic use? But she disputed that conclusion: My takeaway is that, in its underlying data, the study proves what campaigners against ag antibiotic use keep saying: that once you use antibiotics indiscriminately and drive the em...

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