22 Apr '11, 1pm

47 Percent of Supermarket Meat Contaminated with Staph

47 Percent of Supermarket Meat Contaminated with Staph

Gross but unfortunately true, according to a new study that came out last week. The study from the Translational Genomics Research Institute , reported on Grist has found that 47 percent of tested samples of supermarket meat and poultry were infected with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria , better known as Staph. Fifty-two percent of which were found to be resistant to at least three antibiotic treatments. To be frank, we're talking a 1 in 4 chance of picking up tainted, drug resistant meat at the grocery store. Yuck. According to NPR : "For the first time, we know how much of our meat and poultry is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant Staph, and it is substantial," Lance B. Price, senior author of the study and director of TGen's Center for Food Microbiology and Environmental Health, said in a statement. While Staph can usually be eliminated from meat by cooking it, much ...

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