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Report: Antibiotics resistant bacteria found on meat



(WKBN) – There are a few things to keep in mind before lighting the grill.

A new government monitoring report shows that more than three-quarters of the meat sold in US supermarkets contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The Environmental Working Group's analysis found so-called "superbugs" in nearly 80 percent of ground turkeys, 62 percent of minced meat, and more than one-third of chicken breasts.

"The development of antibiotic resistance is an important public health issue," Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and public health consultant, said in a letter sent to the FDA. "Bacteria transfer their antibiotic-resistant genes to other bacteria with which they come into contact, in the environment and in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals, which makes effective treatment of infections very difficult."

Researchers say that people need to be vigilant about food safety, especially when cooking for children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.


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