Beware of Tainted Meat

Here’s yet one more reason to limit your intake of meat. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, a partnership among three federal programs, found that more than half of the samples they inspected of ground beef, ground turkey, chicken parts and pork chops collected from supermarkets contained antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed that 80%… of all antibiotics sold in this country are used in animals. Growers feed their animals antibiotics not only to prevent disease but also to grow them bigger and faster.

The program’s sampling, which was completed in 2011 and published in February 2013, found that 87% of the meat collected for testing contained either normal or antibiotic-resistant enterococcus bacteria, an indicator of fecal contamination. Two species of those bacteria are the third leading cause of infections in U.S. hospital intensive care units.

If you are going to purchase meat in a supermarket, look for products labeled “no antibiotics.”