Here’s a startling article from the April 15, 2011 edition of foxnews.com…
Here’s something to think about the next time you stop by the meat counter at your local grocery store – there may be drug-resistant strains of bacteria lurking in the steak or chicken.
A study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute, found that Staphylococcus aureus – a bacteria that causes most staph infections including skin infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning – are present in meat and poultry from U.S. grocery stores at “unexpectedly high rates.”
Researchers found 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.
For the study, researchers looked at 136 samples involving 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from 26 grocery stores in five cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Flagstaff and Washington, D.C.
“For the first time, we know how much of our meat and poultry is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant Staph, and it is substantial.” Dr. Lance B. Price, senior author of the study and Director of TGen’s Center for Food Microbiology and Environmental Health, said in a news release.
“The fact that drug-resistant S. aureus was so prevalent, and likely came from the food animals themselves, is troubling, and demands attention to how antibiotics are used in food-animal production today.”
According to the findings published in the journal Clinical infectious Disease, “industrial farms, where food animals are steadily fed low doses of antibiotics, “are ideal breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria that move from animals to humans.”
“Antibiotics are the most important drugs that we have to treat Staph infections; but when Staph are resistant to three, four, five or even nine different antibiotics – like we saw in this study – that leaves physicians few options,” Price said.
Experts say although Staph can be killed with proper cooking, it still may pose a risk to people who handle food improperly, and cross-contamination in the kitchen.
In previous Health Tips this editor has warned that animal source foods are the primary cause of heart attacks, strokes, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, asthma, allergies, heart burn, acid stomach, gout, and more.
In recent years we have also learned of the potential dangers of mad cow disease being transferred to humans who consume flesh from contaminated animals, and now we learn that deadly staph infections can come from meat tainted with drug-resistant bacteria.
I’m so glad I stopped consuming all animal source foods over 35 years ago when I adopted the 100% plant based, Genesis 1:29, diet God told we human to consume some 6,000 years ago. God had it right from the very beginning and we humans have had it so wrong!
I’m sure that the millions on the Hallelujah Diet across America and around the world will agree with me when I say “I’ so glad that I don’t eat anything that comes from an animal anymore!”
P.S. Isn’t it interesting how the media makes such a loud noise when they find a little bacteria on some spinach, how recalls are ordered, and that warnings regarding the dangers are wide spread?
Yet the above findings concerning the extremely dangerous bacteria found on nearly 50% of all animal flesh products, bacterium that has the potential of killing a person, garners hardly a word of concern or warning.
That bacterium on the spinach may make a person whose immune system isn’t working well to have a little upset stomach problem, but seldom does it cause death. I’m going to keep my immune system strong with The Hallelujah Diet and continue to eat my spinach, thank you!