Study: Half of Supermarket Meat May Have Staph Bug

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) -- April 15, 2011 -

A new report estimates that half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ.

That estimate is based on 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and
turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles,
Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Researchers found more than half contained Staphylococcus
aureus, a bacteria that can make people sick. Worse, half of those
contaminated samples had a form of the bacteria resistant to at
least three kinds of antibiotics.

Proper cooking should kill the germs. But the report suggests
that consumers should be careful to wash their hands and take other
steps not to spread bacteria during food preparation.

The nonprofit Translational Genomics Research Institute in
Arizona did the work.


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  • by JOHN Location: Live Oak on Apr 16, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    So, where is the USDA on this news flash? ---Out to lunch! Note the article: washing your hands "should" is not the same implied protection as "will" protect you from these pathogens! We all should heed the retailers danger signs and let our grocers know today that we care about our food's safety and that they must do so also. If it smells, its bad.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    Haven't they been saying to cook your meat, and wash your hands anyway. So the bottom line is do what you have always been told to do with meat, and you shouldn't have any issues.
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