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Mmm. How About A Superbug Steak?

April 17, 2013

Here’s one more argument (save yourself!) to give up meat, even if you don’t care about the planet or animal cruelty:

More than half of samples of ground turkey, pork chops and ground beef collected from supermarkets for testing by the federal government contained a 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 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.

Now that’s the sort of thing that makes Russ Kremer, and his retro pig-farming, seem even smarter.

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. John permalink
    April 18, 2013 1:00 pm

    …not only did the samples test positive for various antibiotic resistant bacteria, but he meat from which those samples were obtained were likely packaged in neat, clean, white containers that effectively (very effectively) hid the pain, suffering and ecological damage each piece of meat represented. There would be far fewer humans regularly
    eating meat if each of us visited a kill floor. Want some macrolide-resistant campylobacter with that?

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