Skip to comments.Nearly Half of U.S. Meat Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Posted on 04/15/2011 9:06:22 AM PDT by hope_dies_last
"Heres something to think about the next time you stop by the meat counter at your local grocery store there may be drug-resistant strains of bacteria lurking in that steak or chicken...."
A study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, found that Staphylococcus aureus a bacteria that causes most staph infections including skin infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates.
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Fear sells news.
Duh. If people would pay attention, there would be no risk to any of this. Sometimes when I go to dinner parties I am shocked at the recklessness of some cooks habits. When people are too stupid to properly and safely feed themselves, the society is finished.
Why would eating the improper diet for humans become more appealing?
Wonder if it has anything to do with using illegal aliens in the low paying part of the meat industry.
I think half the food we eat is really poison.
Experts say although Staph can be killed with proper cooking, it still may pose a risk to people who handle food improperly, and cross-contamination in the kitchen.
We pay a little more for Amish or Mennonite raised chicken. They take pride in their work and my father (who was contracted to inspect their plants by the State of Minnesota) told me their standards were far cleaner than what the law required.
The produce industry agrees.
Maybe, but mostly I think it has to do with routinely feeding antibiotics to the livestock. Of course the bacteria they are infested with are the resistant ones, it’s basic evolution. The non-resistant ones are killed off, the resistant ones thrive.
There are a number of methods that can preclude this problem including irradiation of meat. A lot of processed chicken is irradiated although that is not well known. The usual scare tactics and ignorance about the process limit the industry in it’s ability to use what is a very effective method.
Thank you Obama!
Yes, my list of pet peeves are long. I particularly admire handling raw chicken, putting on the platter to grill, then using the same platter for the cooked meat. Oh, and using the same tongs that flipped the raw chicken to serve. Never disinfecting the faucet handles when washing your contaminated hands. Not bleaching cutting boards, refrigerator door handles, bathroom door handles, flush handles. It’s endless.
Not particularly surprising. Most people have one or more antibiotic resistant bacteria already living inside them. Here is what people need to know:
1) A normal person has between 300-1000 different kinds of bacteria living in their gut. But just 30-40 different kinds occupy almost all the space as big populations. There are also a huge number of viruses that vastly outnumber the bacteria. Most of them are called “bacteriophages”, which means that they attack bacteria, not human cells. They help keep the bacteria in check.
2) When a person is sick, or exposed to radiation, or takes antibiotics, some poisonous chemicals, or other things, it can upset the balance of bacteria in the gut, with some populations reduced, and others increased.
3) When a bacteria, any bacteria, becomes resistant to antibiotics, it gives it a huge advantage when the person takes antibiotics. Vast numbers of its competitors are wiped out, so that bacteria can have a population explosion.
4) While other bacteria kept an antibiotic resistant bacteria down, it could not produce enough toxic waste to harm its human host. But with them out of the way, and its population exploding, it produces far more toxic waste than the human can deal with.
5) For many years it was thought that the way to fight infections like this was to use bacteriophages. But only recently, scientists have learned that bacteria can become resistant to bacteriophages even faster than they can to antibiotics. So though they will still use bacteriophages, they only do so under very controlled situations, and in combination with antibiotics.
6) So the bottom line is to not overuse antibiotics, with the idea of keeping a healthy and balanced intestinal flora. One alternative that is being proposed is to take a large sample of flora from a healthy person and transplant it to the gut of a person with a bad flora, to try and reestablish a balanced culture of bacteria.
Including irradiation of meat works,Isn’t the meat the military receves irradiated?.
Nope, makes me want either raise my own beef or go hunting.
Squirrel and rabbit are good this time of year.
Freshly killed free range chicken is better than anything in the store.
If you ask around, it’s pretty easy to go in halves with a hand raised pig.
Plenty of options, no reason to do anything drastic like giving up the omnivore diet we were created to eat.
Humans already learned this 10,000 years ago - cook your meat.
Back in my line-cooking days, chicken was treated like hazardous material—seperate cutting boards, utensils, cleaning all that stuff with bleach. I still treat chicken (and eggs) very carefully, wash my hands constantly, try not to touch anything with chicken-fouled (har har) hands.