By now this is old news, but it’s worth preserving and sharing with anyone who many not already know:
Meat can make you sick.
CNN recently reported that almost 50% of meat is infected with dangerous bacteria. About 25% is infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria, aka superbugs like MRSA.
Here’s what they wrote:
Almost half of the meat and poultry sold at U.S. supermarkets and grocery stores contains a type of bacteria that is potentially harmful to humans, a new study estimates.
Researchers tested 136 packages of chicken, turkey, pork, and ground beef purchased at 26 grocery stores in five cities around the country, and found that 47 percent contained Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), a common cause of infection in people.
What’s more, roughly half of the contaminated samples contained strains of the bacteria that were resistant to at least three antibiotics, such as penicillin and tetracycline. Some strains were resistant to a half dozen or more
Remember, this isn’t new. Over two years ago, another study found MRSA in nearly half of factory farmed pigs AND the pig workers. Just over one year ago, CBS warned “overuse of antibiotics in animals is leading to the creation of new strains of drug resistant bacteria that could make humans sick” and said “evidence of MRSA has been found in the nation’s meat supply.”
The CDC expressed concern about factory farms and the rise in drug-resistant bacteria. And in 2008 the LA Times warned “Factory farms produce cheap meat, until you consider the rivers of sewage, the contaminants and the superbugs.”
CNN is recommending that people cook meat thuroughly in order to make it safe to eat. And to make sure not to crosscontaminate other food or kitchenwares with uncooked meat. But there’s an easier way to kee your kitchen safe and feed your children clean foods: choose vegan.