Most of us know that we need to eat healthier diets. For years we’ve been told to eat a combination of vegetables, fruits, and lean meats to stay healthy and give our bodies the nutrients it needs, but what happens when the food itself is bad?

A new study by researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute found that nearly a quarter of the meat and poultry sold in American supermarkets is infected with drug-resistant bacteria.

In a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers found that 47 percent of the meat and poultry tested from various markets from around the country had evidence of Staphylococcus aureus contamination, which can cause staph infections, including skin infections and food poisoning.

Although scientists believe cooking food thoroughly can eliminate most of the bacteria found in meat, the levels of drug-resistant bacteria are troubling for a few reasons. Not only can it cause people to get sick if they fail to cook their meat properly, but according to a NPR report, “The drug-resistant strains found in the meat and poultry samples are especially difficult to treat because they’ve evolved beyond the regular arsenal of drugs that kill them.”

The article goes on to highlight many of the concerns of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. NPR Reports:

“Antibiotics used in the livestock sector have been generating particular concern of late. According to an analysis of government data by the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, almost 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in 2009 were reserved for livestock and poultry.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that ‘there is strong scientific evidence of a link between antibiotic use in food animals and antibiotic resistance in humans.’”

So the next time you throw some turkey burgers on the grill, be sure to cook them all the way through to ensure you won’t get sick.



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