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Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Pork

Wednesday, November 28, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Antibiotic resistant bacteria and growth-promoting drug found in pork


A Consumer Reports study found yersinia enterocolitica, a bacteria that causes fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain, in 69 percent of tested samples of pork chops and ground pork sold in retail stores. Samples also were found to contain salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, listeria and enterococcus. Some of the bacteria found in 198 samples proved to be resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat people. The frequent use of low-dose antibiotics in pork farming may be accelerating the growth of drug-resistant "superbugsā€ that threaten human health, Consumer Reports says.

About one-fifth of the 240 pork products analyzed in a separate test harbored low levels of the drug ractopamine, which the U.S. approved in 1999 to promote growth and leanness in pigs. It's commonly used in pigs raised for food in the U.S. but is banned in the European Union, China, and Taiwan. CR food-safety experts say that no drugs should be used routinely in healthy animals to promote growth. Read the Consumer Reports study.

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