Dutch research finds 3% of #organic pigs carry livestock-associated #MRSA vs. 38% of non-organic pigs!
New Dutch research supports the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics 13 June 2012 New research by Dutch scientists has found much lower levels of antibiotic use and prevalence of MRSA on organic pig farms compared with non-organic pig farms. Their research indicates that 3% of organic pigs in the Netherlands are carrying livestock-associated MRSA, compared with 38% of non-organic pigs. This type of MRSA was first found in 2003 and is of particular concern due to its ability to spread to humans and cause serious infections. The research confirms the urgency of calls by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics – which is made up of the Soil Association , Sustain and Compassion in World Farming - for the government to do more to ensure MRSA doesn’t become a problem in British pigs. Speaking on behalf of the Alliance, Emma Slawinski from CIWF said “the Dutch research shows that by rai...