If you’d hate to find a fly in your soup, don’t read about this superbug in pork
Birmingham Mail warns our friends in the UK that both Sainsbury’s and Asda are selling pork products that contain Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureu, the MRSA “superbug.” It’s a form of staph transmitted through contact, that can cause boils and skin infections, particularly in susceptible surgical wounds, the bloodstream, lungs, and urinary tract. What’s makes it “super,” is it’s ability to thwart antibiotics in a single bound. It’s affecting the animals being raised for meat production, and it can affect the humans handling and consuming them.
The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, Compassion in World Farming and Sustain analyzed 97 UK-produced pork products for the bug, and found Livestock-associated Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) present in products sold at both stores. And while the livestock version of the bug is said to be less contagious when it comes to the heavily processed meat we purchase, little is done to combat it’s presence outside of warning humans and shooting pigs with antibiotics.
A spokeswoman for Sainsbury’s told Birmingham Mail: “We only allow the use of medicines on farms for animal health and welfare purposes, and under the strict supervision of a vet. We work closely with our farmers to ensure antibiotics are used responsibly. MRSA CC398 is uncommon in British pork and, through basic kitchen hygiene and thoroughly cooking meat, any food safety issue is removed.” Good thing a pig’s health and welfare is a priority for the people who exploit them. Probably has nothing to do with losing profits (end sarcasm).
As with most meat preparation, sensible food hygiene can minimize risk but won’t minimize your participation in the use of animals. Go vegan, and avoid the sickening industry that puts profit over the lives of animals and the wellbeing of the people who consume them.