Drug Resistant Bacteria Found in UK Pork

Drug and antibiotic resistant salmonella bacteria strain found in UK supermarket pork.

According to a report shared exclusively with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Guardian, 10% of sampled pork products from UK supermarkets were found to contain enterococci bacteria that is resistant to known drugs or antibiotics. 

From around 103 pork samples from various meat processors, 25 contained enterococci while 13 were resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin.

Enterococci are usually found in animal and human feces which could cause a variety of infections which in some extreme cases, affect the brain. 

“These findings suggest that antibiotic use is by no means under control in parts of the meat industry. Buying any food is a trust relationship; no consumers have X-ray specs to see what these findings show. There’s no label,” said Tim Lang, a professor emeritus of food policy at City, University of London.

Health experts raise concerns that  thee mass use antibiotics in livestock production has contributed to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria. 

“The UK government needs to end the routine use of antibiotics on farm animals, as the EU has recently done, and to acknowledge that a reduction in animal product consumption is needed to address the countless issues caused by factory farming,: said Lindsay Duncan, the farming campaigns manager at the conservation charity World Animal Protection.

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