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Superbug Bacteria On Our Grocery Meat

On February 5th, 2013 a report by federal scientists was quietly published. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed the research and found that antibiotic-resistant bacteria on our grocery store meat is on the rise. These superbug bacteria pose a major health threat because any illness caused by them is much harder to treat–because they’re resistant to the antibiotics doctors use to kill them.

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Infographic: EWG. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria levels in our supermarket meat.

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria On The Rise

According to EWG’s article on meat and antibiotics these superbugs are now commonplace across the country in our supermarkets.

Not surprisingly, superbugs spawned by antibiotic misuse — and now pervasive in the meat Americans buy — have become a direct source of foodborne illness. Even more ominously, antibiotic misuse threatens to make important antibiotics ineffective in treating human disease. In the past, people who became ill because of contact with harmful microbes on raw meat usually recovered quickly when treated with antibiotics. But today, the chances are increasing that a person can suffer serious illness, complications or death because of a bacterial infection that doctors must struggle to control.

The proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria poses special dangers to young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Read the full article here.

Knowing and trusting the farm that raised your food is a great way to make sure you and your family don’t fall victim to illnesses caused by these so-called superbugs. And it’s not just that your local farmer wants your business, he or she most likely feeds their family the same food they raise for you. So it’s a much stronger connection than just having repeat business–it’s a matter of pride in the food you supply to the people who eat it.

About Laura

Laura is passionate about great food, farmers, artisans, real food, raw food, paleo food and juicing! She lives with her husband in Grand Rapids on the river. Sometimes it flows over, but mostly she is greeted by the ducks, geese and her neighbor's chickens. They like to hop up on her windowsill and eat the spiders. Yay! She is the co-founder of Two Sister Organics, a natural and organic skin care company, and Eating Local & Organic.

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