Drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus were found in nearly half of meat and poultry samples, and were likely from the animal themselves, a study reported.
Researchers collected and analyzed 136 samples of 80 brands of beef, chicken, pork and turkey from 26 retail grocery stores in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Flagstaff, Ariz. Among the samples, 47% were contaminated with S. aureus, and 52% of the strains were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics–and some to nine antibiotics.
Translational Genomics Research Institute, a non-profit research organization, conducted the study and published results in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
DNA testing suggested that the food animals themselves were the major source of contamination. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at ACP Internist*