A nation wide study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN), drug resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus are present in meat and poultry from United States grocery stores at unexpectedly high rates. Nearly half of the meat and poultry samples (47 percent) were contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, more than half of those bacteria (52 percent) were resistant to three classes of antibiotics. This is the first national assessment of antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus in U.S. Food supply. Researchers collected and analyzed 136 samples (80 brands) of beef, chicken, pork, and turkey from 26 grocery stores in five cities: LosAngeles, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Flagstaff, and Washington, D.C.Click here for more info
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Animal Feed Lawsuit
source: Iowa Farm Today, June 4, 2011
A New York lawsuit seeks to force the government to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal feed. The basis of the suit is evidence that antibiotics in animal feed diminished the effectiveness of the drugs to treat people. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court on May 25, 2011.
The suit accuses the Federal Food and Drug Administration of failing to protect human health. The FDA, in a 1977 study, concluded that feeding animals low doses of certain antibiotics was potentially harmful to people’s health.