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Superbug reportedly found in UK supermarket pork products

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A British newspaper has reported that tests on pork products sold at two major UK supermarket chains found three samples contaminated with a livestock strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

 

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2016/10/superbug-reportedly-found-in-uk-supermarket-pork-products/#.V_VKpuRSOUk

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Good to know. Thanks for sharing this Dave.
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Thanks Dave - a worrying newspaper article. Since then though the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have made a statement which said:

 

Livestock-associated MRSA is not the same as MRSA strains that can cause healthcare-associated infections and if meat is handled and prepared properly the risk to people is low. Defra and the National Pig Association recommend that pigs imported to Britain are screened for LA-MRSA.

The government is reviewing options for surveillance, which will be proportionate to the very low health risk posed by livestock-associated MRSA.”

 

Probably not a totally reassuring statement but it puts it into some kind of perspective.

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