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Farm Factories abusing Antibiotics Spread MRSA, VRE to communities via raw meat

    1. L. Swa_
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      L. Swa_

      central, FL

Antibiotic abuse creates superbugs. We all know it.  80% of all antibiotics manufactured in USA is used as a GROWTH STIMULANT (non-therapeutic) for factory farm animals to produce meat cheap and quickly - and the raw meat is infected with superbugs highly contagious just by handling it due to said antibiotic abuse. This practice is decades old and USDA and FDA approved. Now do you still trust the USDA? PS: Congress gets $45 million a year in LOBBYING MONEY from the meat industry so they can do whatever they want INCLUDING poison the public with superbugs. If anybody else did that (sold superbug infected meat to the public) they would be prosecuted as biological terrorists.

 

4/18/14: There is a new superbug MRSA which is resistant to Vancomycin.  You won't hear much about it because heaven forbid offend the meat industry with all of their billions they are paying politicians with lobbying.  Everything else will be blamed except the infected raw meat people handle with their bare hands and wipe their noses with and spread it to surfaces and cutting boards.

    
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/25269065/2014/04/16/utheath-discovers-dangerous-new-superbug

http://www.livescience.com/44913-drug-resistant-superbug-vrsa.html

 

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FOODBORNE ILLNESS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN AMERICA:

Due to the proliferation of superbugs in raw meat, the US Government approved spraying meat with VIRUSES which kills the superbugs. However, note, these viruses are handled by hands in preparation of meat, also infecting handlers of raw meat, -- viruses routinely mutate, and may kill helpful bacteria in one's intestal tract which are essential for survival as they manufacture B vitamins and keep C. diff bacteria from proliferating (C. diff diarrhea disease is extremely difficult to treat often requiring hospitalization).

"WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013 – A recent study by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) reveals shocking rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in U.S. supermarket meats. An alarming 81% of ground turkey and well over half of ground beef and pork chops tested contained some form of these “superbugs.” Source: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/world-our-backyard/2013/apr/18/shocking-rates-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-super/

Routine use of antibiotics as a growth stimulent common in America. Study:

http://tiny.cc/8o11jw

Viruses to be sprayed on cold meats

14:00 27 August 2006 by

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9863-viruses-to-be-sprayed-on-cold-meats.html

"If you enjoy cold deli meats and sausages, how about a dash of live virus on the side? According to the US Food and Drug Administration it could help keep you healthy. 

 

Last week the FDA approved a cocktail of six viruses as a food additive to be sprayed on ready-to-eat meat before it is packaged to protect against Listeria monocytogenes. This bacterium sometimes grows on cold meat and causes about 2500 cases of severe food poisoning and 500 deaths a year in the US alone."

This is kept very quiet in the American press. However, superbugs still continue to be a widespread problem in America having infected the meat.  According to the CDC:

PUBLISHED 2012: "CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases." 

http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/2011-foodborne-estimates.html/

This study does not include the epdemic of MRSA which has infected half of the United States meat supply; people get infected with MRSA just by handling the raw meat containing live superbugs. 

Did you know that almost 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are fed to food animals? The result: Overcrowded, inhumane and unsanitary conditions for the animals and drug-resistant diseases that endanger us all.

Antibiotic crisis will make routine operations impossible and a scratched knee could be fatal. WHO Chief: End of modern medicine due to overuse of antibiotics on factory farms

New MRSA variant detected in cow's milk evades Some Existing Detection Methods; Study Reveals Evidence That Cows Could Be A Source Of Human MRSA

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/227418.php


http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/health-chief-warns-age-of-safe-medicine-is-ending-7574579.html
"There is a global crisis in antibiotics caused by rapidly evolving resistance among microbes responsible for common infections that threaten to turn them into untreatable diseases, said Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO."

"The "Supermoms Against Superbugs" event, co-sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, is meant to raise awareness of the link between antibiotic overuse in farm animals and an increase in antibiotic resistant "superbug" infections in humans.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/moms-doctors-aim-mrsa-superbugs/story?id=16352562

 

FOOD MAGAZINE: "Drug resistant bacteria found in nearly half of US meat and poultry"  " Antibiotics are the most important drugs that we have to treat Staph infections; but when Staph are resistant to three, four, five or even nine different antibiotics -- like we saw in this study -- that leaves physicians few options," Price said. (See article: http://www.foodmag.com.au/news/drug-resistant-bacteria-found-in-nearly-half-of-us

"April 15, 2011  US Meat Infected With Staph Bacteria-MRSA

Next time you cut into that beautiful red, juicy porterhouse steak you bought at your big box store,  maybe you might consider whether you will be infected with MRSA or an incurable Staph Infection a dose of a high amount of bacteria..."The large factory farm food producers have deep pockets, and hire 100 lobbyists for every politician on Capitol Hill.  It is a wonder these senators and representatives can get any work done, while being bribed by the food industry" Read, http://www.politicolnews.com/us-meat-infected-with-staph-mrsa/

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"The report highlighted a number of findings that may reinforce what many public health advocates have been arguing for years: that antibiotic use in agriculture is contributing to drug resistance in bacteria.  The NARMS report pointed out that third-generation cephalosporin resistance rose in chicken breasts (10 to 34.5 percent) and ground turkey (8.1 to 16.3 percent) isolates from 2002 to 2010." 

See:

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/03/resistant-bacteria-remains-problem-for-meat-narms-data-shows/

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Tainted meats point to superbug C. diff in food: Routine use of antibiotics CAUSES C. Diff infections, so common sense dictates this happens a lot with farm factory animals as they are fed antibiotics regularly, and C. Diff infection is HIGHLY,  highly contagious just by handling it.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27774614/ns/health-health_care/t/tainted-meats-point-superbug-c-diff-food/#.TwpZnfkqhzo

Over 40% of meat is tainted with Clostridium difficille ("C. diff") - due to antibiotic abuse more likely to become superbugs. Preparing this meat (touching with bare hands) can cause infections in humans.
"An Arizona researcher found 40 percent of meat products tested from three national chain stores were contaminated with bacteria normally associated with severe hospital infections" .."Nearly 30 percent of the contaminated samples of ground beef, pork and turkey and ready-to-eat meats like summer sausage were identical or closely related to a super-toxic strain of C. diff blamed for growing rates of illness and death in the U.S . — raising the possibility that the bacterial infections may be transmitted through food." Unquote.

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MRSA and the food chain:

http://tahilla.typepad.com/mrsawatch/mrsa_and_the_food_chain/

Why are antibiotics used routinely in American farm factories: Antibiotics used routinely in farm factories keep animals alive in the cruelest dirtiest conditions including sleeping and eating in their own waste;  their lungs burn from the ammonia fumes.  It also accelerates growth.


-- Chickens and turkeys are often drugged to grow so unnaturally large that their bones break under their own weight. Many will face being scalded to death (boiled alive)  in defeathering tanks at slaughterhouses.
 --Bulls are castrated and have their horns cut or burned off without being given sedatives to dull their pain.
    --Calves on dairy farms live short, miserable lives while forced to remain in dark, tiny crates where they are kept almost completely immobilized.
    --Mother pigs are forcibly impregnated and confined to filthy crates so small that they can't take a single step in any direction.

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"Approximately 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to healthy farm animals at low doses to promote faster growth and compensate for unsanitary living conditions -- a practice that has increased over the past 60 years despite evidence that it breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria dangerous to humans. The antibiotics, mixed into feed or water for pigs, cows, chicken, and turkeys, are used at levels too low to treat disease, leaving surviving bacteria stronger and resistant to medical treatment,"

http://www.nrdc.org/media/2011/110525.asp

Please note MRSA will survive freezing: Frozen meat once thawed for preparation, is still highly contagious to the touch. (http://www.mcrh.org/MRSA/). (http://www.healthexpertadvice.org/health/Infectious-Diseases/can-MRSA-survive-freezing-temps-490546.htm)

"November 2009, a study conducted by Duke University Medical Center reported that a single surgical site infection due to MRSA can cost a hospital as much as $61,000 in additional costs.
Authors also found that a single MRSA surgical-site infection can result in a 7-fold increased risk of death, a 35-fold increased risk of hospital readmission, and more than 3 weeks of additional hospitalization."  "It is often the root cause of lung abscesses, pneumonia, sepsis, and a terrifying “flesh eating” disease called necrotizing fasciitis. This same study estimated that in the U.S., MRSA annually kills over 18,000 people – more than HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined."

http://bio-intervention.com/reading/docs/MRSA_BIOIS_EDITED.pdf

In other words it costs our health care system multi-billions of dollars a year to treat antibiotic resistant bugs.

Publications regarding MRSA in raw meat (which is HIGHLY contagious just by handling raw meat), existed since the mid 1990s, which the Federal government has known about. The only difference is that *now* the infect meat with MRSA has RISEN from about 30% to nearly 50% - due to routine use of antibiotics in livestock to keep them alive in their own filth, stress and confinement.

" Researchers bought beef, chicken, pork, and turkey in five U.S. cities and found that nearly half of the meat sampled -- 47 percent -- contained drug resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus." (MRSA!)

READ:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/04/15/health/main20054211.shtml

"The bacteria is always going to be there. But the reason why they're resistant is directly related to antibiotic use in food animal production," Price said. "Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to public health we face today."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/15/us-food-bacteria-study-idUSTRE73E65L20110415

Keep in mind MRSA and VRE are so contagious that just touching raw meat (as in food preparation) is sufficient to infect the consumer through a micro-crack in skin, or nostrils.

Yet industrial farms violate these medical principles every day by feeding healthy animals low doses of antibiotics over long periods of time in order to speed up their growth and to compensate for unsanitary living conditions. The vast majority of antibiotics given through animal feed do not require a veterinary prescription. This practice creates the ideal breeding ground for dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria to thrive and spread. In fact, up to 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are given to healthy food animals. This threatens the health of farm workers, communities and the public.

Centers for Disease Control published this
Volume 17, Number 6—June 2011
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Retail Meat, Detroit, Michigan, USA
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/17/6/10-1905_article.htm

Johns Hopkins researchers are investigating a troubling potential source of resistant pathogens: the American farm.
http://www.jhu.edu/jhumag/0609web/farm.html
Quote: "Silbergeld and Schwab support the use of drugs to treat sick animals but believe all antibiotics should be banned from animal feeds."..."The American Medical Association, several other health groups, and the FDA's own advisory group have all urged the agency to reject the drug (routine farm factory antibiotic) for use on farm animals, but it has yet to do so. Silbergeld is appalled. "Sometimes I think we're such a dumb species, we don't deserve to survive on this planet," she says. "I mean, how many times do we have to do this?"

Cleanliness happens to be the golden rule of health. Although it is cheaper to keep farm factory animals locked up in cages so small they can't move and force them to live in their own excrement and their lungs burn from the fumes of ammonia from the waste, keeping them alive with daily doses of antibiotics-it is costing the health care system BILLIONS of dollars a year treating the complications of MRSA, VRE, and giving rise to even more super bugs such as CRE.  Please consider all the following links proving antibiotic abuse in farm factories gives rise to super bugs:

All animals have staph on their skin as normal bacteria flora. Now do the math:

Staph + antibiotic abuse = MRSA (staph adapts and becomes the super-bug). This is common sense.

NOW THIS CAME OUT:

http://www.klewtv.com/news/33624114.html

Story Published: Oct 31, 2008 at 8:02 AM PDT

"SEATTLE -- A ground-breaking investigation by KOMO-TV in Seattle has found toxic, life-threatening Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria in some pork you might buy at grocery stores." This research group purchased numerous packages of raw pork and many tested positive for live MRSA in the meat. So you touch it it is like touching a MRSA patient who is supposed to be under isolation.

UNIVERSITY OF MICROBIOLOGY - JAPAN-MRSA IN RETAIL RAW CHICKEN! Published 7 June 2004


http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jvms/67/1/67_107/_article

http://highwire.stanford.edu/cgi/medline/pmid;15699605?maxtoshow=&HITS=&hits=&RESULTFORMAT=&andorexacttitle=and&andorexacttitleabs=and&fulltext=MRSA&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1108124509292_4801&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=20&fdate=1/19/2005&usestrictdates=yes

http://rms1.agsearch.agropedia.affrc.go.jp/contents/JASI/pdf/society/73-3097.pdf

OTHER DISEASES SUCH AS VRE IS FOUND IN RAW MEAT
FATAL BACTERIA FOUND IN PIGS
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/366301_pigmrsa09.html

VRE - VANCOMYCIN RESISTANT ENTEROCOCCUS FAECIUM AND MRSA IN FARM ANIMALS, UNCOOKED CHICKEN (CONTAGEOUS JUST TO TOUCH):

http://jac.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/34/4/507

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070903205004.htm

Hepatitis E In Europe: Are Pigs Or Pork The Problem?

ScienceDaily (Sep. 4, 2007) — Hepatitis E virus infections can be fatal in pregnant women, but until recently doctors thought the disease was confined to China, India and developing countries. Now Europeans are also contracting the disease here, according to scientists.

Hepatitis E is a fecal-oral disease. Pigs live in their own excrement so if one pig has Hepatitis E-they ALL get it due to confined living spaces, sharing each others' feces and urine.  Hepatitis is a special virus-each is housed with a tough shell so ordinary cooking will NOT kill it and neither will freezing: You have to autoclave (sterilize) the meat for about 20 minutes to kill hepatitis. If it was found in Europe, I have no doubt it is also in the USA but of course they won't check on that.

Animals that are highly stressed, living in their own excrement, in the filthiest conditions combined with multiple wounds (much of it from abusive man handling), gives rise to antibiotic resistant diseases and their reduced immune system is responsible for bird and swine flus (chicken, turkey and pig farms)-so much as one animal gets it, they ALL do. Quickly.  In fact, turkeys/birds/swine can even catch swine flu from people!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082103429.html

Turkeys in Chile Found to Have Swine Flu Health Official Says Birds Are Infected With 'Human Virus,' Not a Mutated Form

Associated Press
Saturday, August 22, 2009

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 21 -- Chilean officials said Friday that tests show swine flu has jumped to birds, opening a new chapter in the progress of the global epidemic.

SWINE FLU AND FARM FACTORIES
http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2009/04/swine-flu.html

"Factory farming practices have directly led to the emergence of deadly human pathogens including mad cow disease, Strep suis, Nipah virus, multi-drug resistant foodborne bacteria, and highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza. Although AIDS has killed 25 million people, the reason there is so much concern about influenza is that it is the only known pathogen capable of infecting literally billions of people in a matter of months. With international attention now focused on the emerging H1N1 swine flu virus, it is important to reflect on how such viruses arise.

The first recorded emergence of a swine flu virus like the one we now face, incorporating both human and avian genes, was on a factory farm in North Carolina in 1998. When thousands of animals are crowded into filthy, football field-sized sheds to lie beak to beak or snout to snout atop their own waste, it can be a breeding ground for disease..." Unquote

CBS NEWS REPORTS, February 11, 2011:

Chicken bought at major supermarkets across Canada is frequently contaminated with superbugs — bacteria that many antibiotics cannot kill — an investigation by CBC TV's Marketplace has found.

The chicken included some of the most familiar label names in the poultry business. The 100 samples were sent to a lab for analysis. Two-thirds of the chicken samples had bacteria. That in itself is not unusual — E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter are often present in raw chicken. What was surprising was that all of the bacteria uncovered during the Marketplace sampling were resistant to at least one antibiotic. Some of the bacteria found were resistant to six, seven or even eight different types of antibiotics.


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2011/02/10/cons-supermarket-superbugs.html#ixzz1Dodfjhqa Now if the USA checks (swabs) the raw meat, it would be the same. People can get infected by superbug simply by handling raw meat from a micro-crack in skin or rubbing one's nose. REMEDY:

(1) Cleanliness: Keep the farm factory animals in cleaner environments with more room to move! Keep stress levels down. STOP ABUSING THEM!

Michigan just passed historic HB5127, which all 50 States should model for community health-by reducing the stress of animals will reduce incidences of infection. The new law will require that egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and veal calves must be able to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs, rather than being confined in cages that permit very limited movement. 

See:

http://www.hsus.org/press_and_publications/press_releases/michigan_10012009.html

"HB 5127 gained support in both the House and Senate, with the House approving it 87-20 and the Senate approving it 36-0. The House concurred today with the Senate version of the bill by a vote of 86-22. Animal welfare groups—including the Michigan Humane Society, The Humane Society of the United States and Farm Sanctuary—applaud state lawmakers, agricultural groups and environmental groups for supporting the measure to make Michigan a farm animal welfare leader."

(2) Use antibiotics strictly to treat genuine illness.

http://english.pravda.ru/health/29-10-2010/115579-fast_food_mcdonalds-0/

 

Moscow rats refuse to eat McDonald's burgers

29.10.2010 "This food is abundant with conservatives and antibiotics, and even mould and bacteria can not decompose it," biologist Mikhail Vorobyov said.

"Russians Banned US Meat Products- Chicken, Pork and Now Beef The Russians already know how dangerous US meat is and are banning importing meat products into Russia. Their studies show and have found hormones, chemicals and even the H1N1 vaccine in US meat products. The problem is so bad you have to use gloves when preparing meat and cannot touch it with your human hand. Any consumer finds this appalling and disgusting and if you cannot touch a food even while preparing it- why would you eat it? The US Food and Safety people say" Just don’t touch the chicken, beef or pork and cook it thoroughly, this is utter garbage. You should not have to wear gloves to prepare a meal."...but The report shows 47 percent of US meat products contain a staph infection-that represents almost 50 percent chance you will get very sick and get an infection from your food (by handling it). Out of the 47 percent tested, 52 % of that infected food is resistant to 3 types of antibiotics therefore the drugs won’t help you. 52 resistant to 3 antibiotics the drugs won’t help you. US Foods cannot be touched, and getting an infection on your skin."

 

Read more about US Meat Infected with MRSA-Staph Infections from Food on:

http://www.politicolnews.com/us-meat-infected-with-staph-mrsa/?utm_source=INK&utm_medium=copy&utm_campaign=share&

PS: (As a side note, many American chicken farm factories put low levels of arsenic in the feed which makes the meat somewhat pinkish, kills some bacteria and is growth stimulent. Arsenic is a natural organic compound found in nature. Now read this: "Arsenic has been linked to bladder, lung, skin, kidney and colon cancer, while low-level exposures can lead to partial paralysis and diabetes, the article notes."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070409115746.htm

Just curious if this is one reason why is there so much diabetes in America. )
Arsenic found in children's urine traced from chickens:

http://www.grist.org/article/food-arsenic-found-in-utah-kids-urine-traced-to-their-pet-chickens-fe


PS: Did you know CATTLE are routinely fed chicken manure as a standard feed-it's true, and this chicken manure also has low levels of arsenic, and antibiotic resistant microbes from the antibiotic abuse!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/you-want-chicken-poop-wit_b_530404.html

 http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2009/06/01/u-s-cattle-being-fed-chicken-manure/

The practice is NOT banned in the United States.

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    • Rosemary Wenman LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      Work in antibiotic resistance and have seen people on ward rounds die due to inability to treat with antibiotics

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    • Jean-Jacques Monot PRéVESSIN, FRANCE
      • 3 months ago

      Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide issue, as big as climate change, and much more urgent!

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    • Brandy West MANTACHIE, MS
      • 8 months ago

      If we don't stop this now, we will soon be living in a world where a healthy child could skin their knee, while surrounded by the best physicians, and die a slow and painful death, from such a minor injury.

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    • Brandy Couillard SWANTON, VT
      • 10 months ago

      Using antibiotics in animal feed for the sole purpose of increasing growth and prevention of disease from animals penned too close together (with feces everywhere), is hurting our ability to fight disease in humans due to antimicrobial resistance. This resistance would probably happen anyway, but it is dramatically increased because of this practice.

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    • B. R. WEST PALM BEACH, FL
      • 10 months ago

      Let's preserve antibiotics for the future. I want them to be available when I need them in the hospital or from a doctor for real illness.

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