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7 per cent of meat we buy contaminated by MRSA super bug

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Up to 7 per cent of the meat we buy could contain MRSA bacteria, the antibiotic-resistant bug that can cause life-threatening infections.
Researchers have discovered the bug in 26 of the 395 samples of pork they purchased, representing 7 per cent of the total. The bug was found in both the pigs raised with antibiotics and those who had been reared organically and without the drug.
Although the samples were restricted to stores in the US states of Iowa, Minnesota and New Jersey, it is likely that similar results would be seen in any country that uses standard farming and meat packaging methods.
The researchers, from the University of Iowa College of Public Health, have not ruled out the possibility that the contamination happened during the meat preparation stage.
(Source: PLos ONE, 2012; 7: e30092).

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