Consumer Reports Finds Widespread Pork Threat
Study cites bacteria, antibiotic danger
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 27, 2012 7:30 AM CST
In this March 3, 2011 file photo, meat department manager Kevin Morlan arranges packages of pork at a local grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(Newser) – Much of the US pork supply is tainted with dangerous bacteria, and the antibiotics given to pigs could be boosting drug-resistant germs, a Consumer Reports study finds. Some 69% of 198 tested pork samples contained bacteria called yersinia enterocolitica, which can cause fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Some 3% to 7% of samples contained certain other causes of food-borne disease, including salmonella, while 11% contained a germ linked to urinary tract infections. Some of these bacteria were drug-resistant. Meanwhile, a fifth of 240 pork products tested separately contained ractopamine, a growth drug that's banned in the EU, China, and Taiwan, though legal here.

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bewilderbeast
Nov 29, 2012 4:24 AM CST
All you have to do is say these common sense words: - You can only give antibiotics to SICK PIGS; - You may not sell the meat of sick pigs. QED. Simple, but greed forbids it.
1492
Nov 27, 2012 3:41 PM CST
Why would the Lord God tell Moses and Aaron that Swine (pig) is unclean for you?...Did God know something we didn't? Why would He single out Swine? (eagles, snakes, camels among the "Do not eat".) So go ahead, go and get a McSwine Muffin (sausage). You can always find them on sale. Wonder why? Go get your Swine (ham). or Swine and eggs for breakfast. (bacon is too tasty to group with the rest of the swine)...be sure it is thorougly cooked, strip the fatty strips. It is said that you are what you eat. Are you a pig? If you are, you probably will come down with something serious. Heart or cancer....sorry I didn't lay the law down. SomeOne with higher authority did. Leviticus chapter 11. Go ahead, open your book.
KerouacDon
Nov 27, 2012 12:34 PM CST
If only our food sources were as diverse as the people they feed.. You'd think competition would be welcomed and encouraged in this country.. regulations = "tax on success!"