One in Four Packages of Meat Is Contaminated With Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs
|Staph: It's kind of pretty when you don't Google photos of the infections it causes.|
Meanwhile, Bittman chronicles, 80 percent of all antibiotics produced are fed to farm animals, and more and more outbreaks of foodborne illness are caused by superbugs. He quotes a recent study that found that one fourth -- one fourth! -- of packages of beef, chicken, pork, and turkey that the researchers purchased in supermarkets were contaminated with drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Truth be told, it's probably an agency funding decision as much as it is caving in to industry pressure, but it does make that $8-a-pound pasture-raised pork whose price you were fretting over in the market look like money well spent.