Antibiotic resistant bacteria and growth-promoting drug
found in pork
A Consumer Reports
study found yersinia
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,
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 "superbugs” that threaten human health, Consumer Reports
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,
CR food-safety experts say that no drugs should be used routinely in healthy
animals to promote growth.
Read the Consumer Reports study.