Multi-drug Resistant Staph Found in Supermarket Meats

Arizona researchers purchased various cuts of meat from supermarkets in five U.S. cities, and found 47% of them contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, a very common pathogen. Surprisingly, 96% of the staph isolates were resistant to at least one common antibiotic, and 52% were resistant to at least three that are commonly used in human and veterinary medicine. Could the heavy use of antibiotics in farming contribute to these resistant strains?

PositiveTip: Minimize your risk by proper handling of these foods in your kitchen–or avoid them by becoming a vegetarian.