The take home message: treat all raw meat as if it has contamination on it and in it. Because it might. Then be logical. Cook the meat properly, don’t put cooked meat back on plates that held raw meat, wash your hands, keep things clean.

The new wrinkle is a new study involving meat from a number of supermarkets:

47 percent contained Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), a common cause of infection in people.

What’s more, roughly half of the contaminated samples contained strains of the bacteria that were resistant to at least three antibiotics, such as penicillin and tetracycline. Some strains were resistant to a half dozen or more.

Many veterinarians have a certain cowboy ethic, especially the large animal kind. Get ‘er done. Shoot ‘em up. This likely needs to change. It would be interesting to see what they are teaching at the vet schools about this.


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