10 Feb '12, 10am

Latest Study Finds More MRSA in Grocery Pork, Even When it’s Antibiotic-Free

Latest Study Finds More MRSA in Grocery Pork, Even When it’s Antibiotic-Free

A recent study by the University of Iowa’s School of Public Health that discovered a dangerous prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria lurking in pork on grocery store shelves could lead to an even more dangerous conclusion. The study found that the incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria in 36 grocery stores in three states (Iowa, Minnesota, and New Jersey) was considerably higher than what had previously been assumed. Of the 395 samples collected and tested in the study, 26 of them, or 7 percent contained MRSA. That’s about one out of every 15 samples. The other interesting finding was that the level of MRSA was about the same in meat raised without antibiotics as meat raised using the more conventional industrial methods. This finding is counter-intuitive and must be interpreted with caution. Maryn McKenna, author of the book Superbu...

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