Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in most meat
April 16th, 2013
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When you shop for turkey burgers for dinner tonight, you may be buying more than meat.

A recently released FDA report found that of all the raw ground turkey tested, 81% was contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Also, according to the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, or NARMS, Retail Meat Annual Report, ground turkey wasn't the only problem. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria was found in some 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef and 39% of chicken.

In the meat NARMS tested, scientists found significant amounts of salmonella and Campylobacter - bacteria that causes millions of cases of food poisoning a year.

Of the chicken tested, 53% was tainted with an antibiotic-resistant form of E.coli, the report said.

Certain strains of E.coli can cause urinary tract infections, pneumonia and other illnesses. Antibiotic resistance means if you were to become ill, doctors would have fewer drug options to treat you.

Read - What government tests found in your meat

– Fast facts on E. coli
According to the FSIS, E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Symptoms can occur up to 10 days after exposure to the infected food.

– Fast facts on salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people in a normal state of health who ingest Salmonella-tainted food may experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, which typically begin within 12 to 72 hours. This may be accompanied by vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains. These symptoms may last about four to seven days, and then go away without specific treatment, but left unchecked, Salmonella infection may spread to the bloodstream and beyond and may cause death if the person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune symptoms should practice extreme caution, as salmonellosis may lead to severe illness or even death.

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education

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  1. sarasdaddy05

    Reblogged this on Dallas Black (Down This Lonely Road).

    April 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  2. Deb

    If I'm going to be adventurous enough to eat raw meat (beef tar tar?) Would I rather eat meat contaminated with regular bacteria because the cow didn't receive any antibiotics while it was being raised, or eat meat contaminated with antibiotic resistant bacteria because by giving all the cows doses of antibiotics, you're creating a selection pressure for only the bacteria with a mutation making them resistant to the antibiotic to be able to survive? Neither way sounds good to me, so I guess I'll make sure I cook my meat to the proper internal temperature

    April 18, 2013 at 12:22 am |
  3. Bob1god

    Don't eat the meat! U can beat the meat but don't eat the meat!

    April 17, 2013 at 6:07 am |
  4. Sal Monilla

    I just washed my meat with Safeguard soap...It appears to be growing.

    April 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Cleavon Little

      Stand Back, I don't know how BIG it's gonna get.

      April 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  5. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    My grill will burninate them all, not worried. I'm even still alive.

    April 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  6. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Mot meat but does not include grass-fed & grass-finished

    April 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  7. sam stone

    sort of makes me glad to be a veggie

    April 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      My food poops on your food.

      April 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
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