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Alarming Levels of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Found In U.S. Meat

The presence of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in U.S.-produced meat has soared to alarming levels, Consumer Reports has found. The results of a three-year study, published online by Consumer Reports last week in an article called “Making the World Safe from Superbugs,” indicate that the systematic overuse and abuse of antibiotic drugs in the agricultural industry has allowed bacteria to evolve so that antibiotics are useless against them. These are the potentially lethal “superbugs,” which include methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bacteria resistant to three or more types of antibiotics. In the section of the report titled “Our Flawed Food Supply,” Consumer ... Read More

17-state salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers

An outbreak of salmonella illnesses in 18 states has been traced to cucumbers from two suppliers in Mexico, federal health authorities say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there are 73 confirmed illnesses linked to eating the cucumbers contaminated with the “Salmonella StPaul” bacteria. No deaths have been linked to the outbreak so far. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed two Mexico-based growers, Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse on a federal import alert. Both companies are located in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, Mexico. Customs agents will deny cucumbers originating from the two companies ... Read More

CDC says food illnesses on the rise, reports sharp increase in shellfish-related sickness

The number of people sickened by pathogens in contaminated food grew last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday in its summary of 2012 public health data documenting foodborne illness in the United States. According to data from the CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system, cases of foodborne infection went up 3 percent in 2012 from the year before. The CDC attributes this escalation in food-related illnesses partly to a surge in the number of illnesses from the Vibrio bacteria found in undercooked shellfish and raw oysters. Records show that those illnesses were up 25 percent, but government ... Read More

Louisiana meat company recalls 468,000 pounds of product for possible bacterial contamination

The Manda Packing Company is recalling 468,000 pounds of meat products produced at its Baker, La., facility between Feb. 27 and April 9 because of a possible bacterial contamination. The recall includes roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog headcheese, corned beef and pastrami. These products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected products were distributed to retailers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The recall includes eight types of meat sold under 41 different names with various “sell by” dates. Some of the product may ... Read More

Plant safety worsens after passage of workers bill of rights

The “Packinghouse Workers Bill of Rights,” passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2007 as part of an effort to improve safety conditions for workers in the meatpacking industry, has failed to make any improvement, according to a report by Workday Minnesota. A recent survey conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Program found that working conditions at meatpacking plants throughout the state actually have grown worse since the bill was passed. Meatpacking is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Workers typically perform repetitive tasks, which often create repetitive-motion injuries such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis. ... Read More

Steering clear of potentially contaminated food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced another massive recall of fresh produce last week, this time for 1,715 cartons of bunched spinach that tested positive for salmonella bacteria in a random test conducted by the USDA. Alarmed by the frequency of foods recalled over bacterial contamination fears, many consumer advocacy groups and legislators have indicted the federal government’s food inspection system, calling for an overhaul of the FDA and USDA systems currently in place. But in an age of mass production and processing that makes cross contamination ever more likely, it’s wise for the consumer to take certain measures ... Read More