Skip to comments.Multi-drug resistant staph in 1 of 4 supermarket meat samples
Posted on 04/19/2011 11:05:04 AM PDT by neverdem
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You protect growing cattle with lifelong antibiotic exposure in the feed for going on 3 decades now, it’s bound to have consequences.
Wow. So I’ve been eating meat with antibiotic resistant staph and I’m still here. Eating meat. Rare. With horseradish on the side.
You protect growing cattle with lifelong antibiotic exposure in the feed for going on 3 decades now, its bound to have consequences.””
I can tell by your statement you know alot about raising cattle.. sarc
Makes me curious about the medicinal qualities of horseradish.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science, I ran a Research Farm for Dekalb for 3 yrs, sold Breeding stock for 14 years, was a Plant Buyer for 8, and started a meat brokerage business 12 years ago that sells 10 million+ lbs of Meat and Poultry annually smart a$$.
so you’re a vegetarian, right?
My husband raised beef cattle for many years, he only fed the calves medicated feed for 2 weeks after they were weaned because of stress. It was too expensive for life long feeding. What happens in feed lots I don’t know.
Sometimes they are given antibiotics depending on stage of growth. Cattle and pigs on the finishing ration don’t get antibiotics. I raise cattle and never give any antibiotics unless I have a pneumonia case to treat.
I forgot to mention that Staph aureus is part of the normal flora of human skin.
Foodborne illness in this country has been declining for a long time now and less than 1% of all foodborne illnesses are caused by staph. Half of the population has these bacteria living in their nasal passages. This is just more media alarmism paving the way for an expanded government.
“I forgot to mention that Staph aureus is part of the normal flora of human skin.”
It’s not the normal everyday skin variety of staph that is the issue, it’s the mutated highly resistant varieties that are initiated and propagated by the repeated exposure to use of antibiotics. (ie. particularly Erythromycin, Tetracycline, Procaine Penicillin etc.)
Just because you are discrminating in your usage doesn’t mean that’s the norm. Antibiotics are often used as a crutch for poor management and there’s plenty of that out there.
What you are talking about is an extreme rarity. Staph aureus is not part of bovine flora. MRSAs are far more likely to arise in human hospitals. AIDS patients are the #1 breeding ground for antibiotic resistant microbes.
Same as with humans. The industry has used too many antibiotics and now they seem to have to, we don’t use antibiotics unless one of them is sick but we do backgrounding not feeding.
Hmmmm, ever heard of mastitis?
It’s worth it to find good sources of organic, grass fed, or pastured meat. G-d does not want us to eat unclean animals, and that goes beyond the kosher thing — we are not supposed to eat dead or sick animals. Those of you who live more rural have it easier - you can find your own farms. But even in the cities there are either stores or mail order. I enjoy my meat and none of the farms have ever been in the news for staph or e coli.
Indeed I have heard of Staph aureus mastitis which is spread by milker’s hands that contaminate the udder and the milking units. It is not part of bovine normal flora.
Good grief, are you trying to be obtuse? SA mastitis is just one good example of the prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus in cattle. There are more.
Who gives a rats behind how it was introduced or whether “it’s part of bovine normal flora”. SA in cattle is not “a rarity” as you proclaim. SA IS contagious meaning it can transfer from on animal to another. Once it is introduced it can proliferate without human intervention. If it exists at all in a given animal and that animal is overtreated with antibiotics for whatever affliction then there a more than fair chance that a resistant variety will emerge.
The point is the origin of SA is humans, not animals. Furthermore, antibiotics are also overused in humans. How many bacteria do you think developed resistance to Penicillin, long before it was used in animals. It is the nature of the beast. As long as we use antibiotics, resistant populations will emerge.
It is estimated that a new viral disease emerges somewhere on the planet every 3 months and this has nothing to do with antibiotic use.
Ah. Of which there are many! :-)