Study: Half of All Meat and Poultry Sold at Supermarkets Tainted by Bacteria

The good news is that only 25 percent of the samples studied were polluted by drug-resistant strains, according to the Washington Post:

A new report estimates that half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ.

That estimate is based on 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Researchers found more than half contained Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can make people sick. Worse, half of those contaminated samples had a form of the bacteria resistant to at least three kinds of antibiotics.

More good news: most of this bacteria can be killed off with "proper" cooking, which is really bad news for foodies who like their meat a bit bloody.

AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at April 15, 2011, 10:30am

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