Eat up! Meat and poultry contamination common

Posted by Christine, April 25, 2011

ScienceDaily (Apr. 15, 2011) — Drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria linked to a wide range of human diseases, are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates, according to a nationwide study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Nearly half of the meat and poultry samples — 47 percent — were contaminated with S. aureus, and more than half of those bacteria — 52 percent — were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics, according to the study published April 15 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.