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    Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    A new study finds that much of meat and poultry sold in supermarkets is contaminated with drug-resistant staph bacteria.

    Researchers bought beef, chicken, pork, and turkey in five U.S. cities and found that nearly half of the meat sampled -- 47 percent -- contained drug resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus.

    The "staph" bacteria is linked to a range of health problems from rashes and respiratory ailments to potentially fatal illnesses such as sepsis and endocarditis. Due to overexposure, staph bacteria have grown resistant to an ever-widening range of the antibiotic drugs used to fight them; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA has become a deadly scourge in U.S. hospitals.

    But there is perhaps no greater contributor to the rise of drug-resistant staphs than the meat industry, where animals are preemptively treated with a range of antibiotics.

    Read more: Drug-resistant bacteria found in half of U.S. meat - CBS News



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Cook your meat. You'll be fine.



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Well hell, cigarettman (those will kill ya by the way), that's why I eat beef in the first place.

    So where's the beef?



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Jack in the Box learned the hard way.


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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Brilliant; have you ever gotten sick off meat you bought at Fareway? This is a little different than eating what's for lunch on the streets of Nogales or Juarez.



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    If you're super worried about the meat you are buying, find a local farmer that raises cattle and see if you can buy from him and have it butchered at your local locker. That way you can ask the farmer about his safe production practices, learn something about farming, and support your local economy.



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    This is not talking about foodborne illnesses this is about the people's growing resistance to antibiotics and the potential rise of super bugs, which has already started occuring with the drug resistant staph infection that has started to crop up. This is not just a problem of antibiotics in the meat industry but also the overuse of antibiotics in people's daily lives. I don't know about other people, but the inability of doctors to treat illnesses because of drug resistant viruses is pretty scary thing to me.



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Quote Originally Posted by cigaretteman View Post
    I didn't find this too surprising. As long as you cook your meat properly this is not a problem. The other thing this article doesn't mention, I think these are "surface" bacterias, which means with steak it will be dead with about 30 seconds-worth of cooking on each side. Ground meats are where you have your potential for it to be mixed into the center and it's really imperative you cook it all the way through.

    And you shouldn't mix uncooked meats with cooked meats on your cooking surface...AHEM...(Marshalltown Maid-Rite thread revival, anyone?)



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    20-30% of gen pop is colonized with this bacteria persistently, another 30% are colonized occasionally, and 50% are rarely or never colonized. If you have ever been in a hospital, you have probably carried it. Not a worry for someone with a normal immune system. So don't freak out, its a non story.


    Kuehnert MJ, Kruszon-Moran D, Hill HA, McQuillan G, McAllister SK, et al. (2006) Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization in the United States, 2001-2002. J Infect Dis 193: 172–179.

    Wertheim HF, Melles DC, Vos MC, van Leeuwen W, van Belkum A, et al. (2005) The role of nasal carriage in Staphylococcus aureus infections. Lancet Infect Dis 5: 751–762.


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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUboi12 View Post
    20-30% of gen pop is colonized with this bacteria persistently, another 30% are colonized occasionally, and 50% are rarely or never colonized. If you have ever been in a hospital, you have probably carried it. Not a worry for someone with a normal immune system. So don't freak out, its a non story.


    Kuehnert MJ, Kruszon-Moran D, Hill HA, McQuillan G, McAllister SK, et al. (2006) Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization in the United States, 2001-2002. J Infect Dis 193: 172179.

    Wertheim HF, Melles DC, Vos MC, van Leeuwen W, van Belkum A, et al. (2005) The role of nasal carriage in Staphylococcus aureus infections. Lancet Infect Dis 5: 751762.

    I haven't read the papers but I'm assuming you are talking regular Staph A? Big difference between that and MRSA.


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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    The meat got it from the vegetables and the humans that have contact with them,



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    this is junk science, kind of like global warming . There is NO, None, Nada science
    that shows resistant bacteria are caused by medications that livestock get.
    The staph that is drug resistant in humans and Small animals is not genetically related to live stock staph. I could go on and on but this will probably soon get moved to politics and religion.



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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Wait...say what? You're saying Staphylococcus Aureus isn't Staphylococcus Aureus?


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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith86 View Post
    I haven't read the papers but I'm assuming you are talking regular Staph A? Big difference between that and MRSA.
    They are looking at MRSA. You can find many other prevalence studies which are more current that are consistent with this finding in different populations. Without citing any sources I would guess that the methicillin resistant strain is more common in our world, anyway.


    Kinnick smells like syrup.

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    Re: Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in Half of U.S. Meat

    Quote Originally Posted by rholtgraves View Post
    This is not talking about foodborne illnesses this is about the people's growing resistance to antibiotics and the potential rise of super bugs, which has already started occuring with the drug resistant staph infection that has started to crop up. This is not just a problem of antibiotics in the meat industry but also the overuse of antibiotics in people's daily lives. I don't know about other people, but the inability of doctors to treat illnesses because of drug resistant viruses is pretty scary thing to me.
    These "super bugs" don't scare me as much as the artificially engineered ones.

    Genetic engineering and biological weapons

    One example is the USSR's 'invisible anthrax', resulting from the introduction of an alien gene into Bacillus anthracis that altered its immunological properties (Pomerantsev et al., 1997). Existing vaccines proved to be ineffective against this new genetically engineered strain.



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