Antibiotic-Free Meat Not Free of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

By Jill U. Adams

ScienceIf you’re paying premium prices for pesticide- and antibiotic-free meat, you might expect that it’s also free of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Not so, according to a new study. The prevalence of one of the world’s most dangerous drug-resistant microbe strains is similar in retail pork products labeled “raised without antibiotics” and in meat from conventionally raised pigs, researchers have found.

Source: Science, January 30th, 2012
Credit: iStockphoto; Janice Carr/CDC (inset)
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