posted on Dec, 22 2004 @ 10:12 PM
It's recently been observed in a study of 1000 US turkeys that the birds can be carriers of superbugs which are resistant to antibiotics typically
used to treat them. This is of course another reminder to cook your poultry well, as poultry are already well known to be carriers of bacteria that
can cause serious illness. The presence of such superbugs may be attributed to the fact that commerical farmers inject the turkeys with antibiotics
for health reasons, as well as to allow them to gain weight quicker. This, in effect, promotes evolution of the organisms so they become resistant to
An in-depth analysis of bacteria in US turkeys has revealed that high proportions of bacteria found in the birds are "superbugs", resistant to many
of the antibiotics used on farms and to treat people.
It is well established that commercial poultry - including turkeys - can contain bacteria that cause serious gastrointestinal upsets if it is not
cooked properly. But this latest finding raises the possibility that antibiotic-resistant bacteria might find their way from turkeys into the human
food chain, and possibly into hospitals.
Of the Salmonella samples grown from the infected birds, many were resistant to several antibiotics - 88% of Salmonella samples from one plant were
resistant to tetracycline, and 35% from the other. Around 45% of the samples from one plant were simultaneously resistant to four antibiotics.
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With many people getting set to celebrate Christmas in a few short days this is news that should be kept in mind.
This also brings into question the use of antibiotics in our food supply and the potential effects on the population if such superbugs were to move
into humans, and perhaps into hopsitals where they may have the most detrimental effects.
How many of you feel comfortable about the use of hormones and antibiotics in your food?