18 Apr '11, 5pm

Factory Farmers Downplay Report that 50% of Non-Organic Meat Contains Dangerous Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens

Philip Brasher reported on Friday at the Green Fields Blog (Des Moines Register) that, “Meat and poultry sold in supermarkets may be widely contaminated with staph bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, according to a study released today . Researchers tested beef, chicken, pork and turkey from stores in five cities and found Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in nearly half of the samples . In 52 percent of those contaminated samples the bacteria were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics.” Mr. Brasher added that, “The American Meat Institute [AMI], a meatpackers’ trade group, said the study was too small ‘to reach the sweeping conclusions conveyed in a press release about the study.’” An AMI news release on Friday stated that, “ A new Pew Commission-funded study misleads consumers about U.S. meat and poultry, which is among the safest in the world . “Author...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23029.cfm

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