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For the first time in the United States, scientists have shown that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA is sometimes found in meat and poultry available at the neighborhood grocery store.
Published online Wednesday in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the study by Wayne State University researchers included 289 raw meat samples from 30 grocery stores in Detroit.
In addition to taking other precautions when handling meat, MRSA is killed when the meat is cooked thoroughly, Siegel added.
Siegel also suggested washing plates or utensils used to prepare food before using them again to eat. And, it is important to disinfect counters that have come into contact with meats, he advised.
These precautions would also kill off any other S. aureus, which "we don't need in our meat either," Siegel said.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
reply to post by ReVoLuTiOn76
If it's in metro Detroit, it's probably all over the US.
A study that found the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA in meat and chicken in retail stores was aimed at demonstrating that this is a national issue, not just a problem among a few grocers in Metro Detroit, the author said Thursday.
The scientists embarked on the research since the issue has not been studied much in the United States, even though a body of research has demonstrated that meat in European retail stores can become contaminated with the superbug.
Though S. aureus is commonly found on the human body -- some studies estimate approximately 20 percent of the population are long-term carriers of the bacteria -- methicillin-resistant strains of the pathogen (MRSA) are of increasing concern to the public health community because they are difficult, and expensive, to treat and can cause life-threatening illness.