50% of Supermarket Meat Could Contain Staph Bug

A recent survey report reveals that 50% of the poultry and meat sold in supermarkets could be contaminated with the staph bug. The researchers studied samples of turkey, pork, chicken and beef obtained from supermarkets and grocery stores in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Chicago among other places.

However, consumers need not panic as proper cooking eliminates the germs. Besides, staph is not as harmful as other common germs like E. Coli and salmonella and causes less than three percent of food illnesses. But, there is still cause for concern. The staph bug is resistant to a few types of antibiotics. Staph’s resistance to certain drugs may be caused by the doses of antibiotics given to poultry and livestock in industrial farms.

Health experts are gauging the potential risk to meat consumers. The research was conducted at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona and will be published in Clinical Infectious Diseases journal. Staph causes about 240,000 cases of infection each year. Proper cooking and handwashing can help avoid problems.

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