Report on meat sounds alarm on resistant bacteria

Report on meat sounds alarm on resistant bacteria

More than half of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef collected from supermarkets for testing by the federal government contained bacteria resistant to antibiotics, according to a new report highlighting the findings.

The data, collected in 2011 by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System — a joint program of the Food and Drug Administration, the Agriculture Department and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — show a sizable increase in the amount of meat contaminated with antibiotic-resistant forms of bacteria, known as superbugs, like salmonella, E. coli and campylobacter.

The government published the findings in February, but they received scant attention until the Environmental Work Group issued its report, "Superbugs Invade American Supermarkets," which was partly underwritten by Applegate, which sells organic and antibiotic-free "natural" meats.

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Toledo, Ohio: A federal judge sentenced former Marine Randy Linn to 20 years in prison Tuesday for starting a fire inside an Ohio mosque because he wanted revenge for the killings of American soldiers overseas. Linn, 52, apologized and blamed his actions on a day of drinking.

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Times wires

Report on meat sounds alarm on resistant bacteria

04/16/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:06am]

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