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Nearly Half of US Meat Tainted With Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Study Suggests

04/15/2011 Leave a comment

“PHOENIX — There may be scores of drug-resistant bacteria lurking in your grocery meat aisle.

A study Friday by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, found that Staphylococcus aureus — bacteria that causes most staph infections including skin infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning — was present in meat and poultry from US grocery stores at ‘unexpectedly high rates.’

Researchers found nearly half of the meat and poultry samples, 47 percent, were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those bacteria, 52 percent, were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics.”  Read more.

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