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Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbugs' Creep Into Food

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria-often called "superbugs"-are entering the nation's food system and endangering consumers at an alarming rate, according to researchers who analyzed data from the federal government.

The Environmental Working Group said Monday that it had parsed studies from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System published in February.
"I think this is one of the greatest threats to us as a nation and the planet," said Lance B. Price, a professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University who helped review the government information for EWG.


"These bacteria are finding ways to get around antibiotics in animals, and it's similar to what's going on with the bacteria that's resistant in humans. They go hand in hand and it's a very under appreciated as a threat," Price said.
The group found that NARMS had reported-but had not highlighted-that antibiotic resistant bacteria was turning up in 81 percent of raw ground turkey, 69 percent of raw pork chops, 55 percent of raw ground beef and 39 percent of raw chicken bought over the counter in 2011.
The rate of occurrence in salmonella superbug strains in chicken rose from 50 percent in 2002 to 74 percent in 2011.
Nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics were administered to livestock in 2011, according to EWG, a 22 rise from 2005. Antibiotics used on food-producing animals account for nearly 80 percent of the total market for such drugs in the U.S., according to the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming.
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In addition to fighting disease, antibiotics are administered to put weight on animals headed for the kitchen table. Critics say this combination of uses helps bacteria develop resistance, just as overuse of antibiotics in humans has resulted in current medications' ineffectiveness against life-threatening micro-organisms.

The FDA has monitored antibiotic use on livestock and poultry for decades. Just last year, it called for curbing the amount given to animals because of concerns about superbugs. But the curbs are voluntary and nonbinding on livestock and poultry growers. But as we know FDA
"There isn't much question that a handful of antibiotic-resistant bugs can give problems to the food source," said Richard Goering, a professor in the medical microbiology and immunology department at Creighton University.
"Even if you forget the superbugs, there's no question we have to be vigilant on the quality of our food," Goering said. "I think we're pretty good on the levels of food inspection, but I think we can do a better job."
Should consumers be worried? That depends, said Goering.
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"The term superbug has a bit of panic to it," Goering said. "The bugs are treatable, but because they are becoming more resistant to medications, there is concern. The real issue it having an early-warning system to detect them and eliminate them."
There are an estimated 3.6 million cases of food poisoning each year, according to the Centers on Disease Control and Prevention. The symptoms can range from diarrhea to kidney failure, paralysis and even death. Salmonella-caused illnesses alone kill 400 people a year and create some 23,000 hospitalizations.
For Price, the spread of superbugs between humans and animals illustrates the growing danger.
"There's a deadly combination of people and animals with the superbugs," he argued. "We've got superbugs infecting people and also infecting animals. People can get sick from the animals and then up in the hospital and get sick there."
"I'm optimistic we can learn to curb the use of antibiotics in animals and humans," Price said. "But we have to start doing this now."

It is a well-known fact that FDA is funded mostly by the money from Corporations who make antibiotics.  The policy of the USA had been driven mostly based on profits of the corporations rather than the welfare of the citizens. Unfortunately the doctors are fed their knowledge mostly from the studies funded by these corporations who don't care about health of the people.  They are pushing pills which are poisons. They like to keep the population sick and in need of a pill to maintain their lives on a long term to boost their profits. This profit motive is so strong that for most people it has become difficult to see the truth of these matters. We as humans should not consume any animal foods and Dr Nimal Gamage has explained this in more detail in his website and you tube videos. http://www.youtube.com/user/lankacosmetic?feature=mhee

While the planet is running out of fresh water for humnas 65% of the fresh water is now used for the animal industry to feed humans tons of animal foods to make them sick while corporations make huge profits selling drugs for the cholesterol, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses caused by these animal foods. Food corporations are feeding people more sugar which is the sole cause of hypertension, heart disease, inflammation of the body and cancer. it is time for us to wake up and understand the basis of diseases of the body and mind which is basically wrong foods. Wrong foods are mainly Animal foods ( Milk, Dairy foods, Meat Fish and Eggs) Sugar of all kinds ( in food, cola drinks, fruit drinks and fruits) , wrong oils (only good oils are coconut oil for cooking, oilve oil and flax seed oil for salads), MSG (in most restaurent and hotel foods and processed foods) and all packeted and processed foods containing a combination of the above and transfat (margarine, cake, buiscuits, chocolate etc).

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