Many supermarket meat products may have multidrug-resistant bacteria

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There is some concerning news about the meat sold in supermarkets.

A new study found that 40% of meat samples tested had bacteria called E. coli that were resistant to multiple antibiotics.

This is a problem because if someone gets an infection from these bacteria, it can be much harder to treat with antibiotics.

The study also found that some of the E. coli strains found in the meat could cause serious infections in people. This is really worrying because these infections can make people very sick and sometimes even cause them to die.

Antibiotic resistance is a big problem all over the world. It means that the antibiotics that are used to work against certain types of bacteria are not as effective anymore.

This is a big issue because infections that used to be easily treated with antibiotics can now become very difficult to treat.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to public health that we are facing today.

Every year, about 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections worldwide. If we don’t take action to stop this, that number could go up to 10 million by the year 2050!

The bacteria that were found in the meat can spread from animals to humans through the food chain. But, unfortunately, companies don’t often share information about how much antibiotic-resistant bacteria is in their food.

To learn more about this problem in Spain, scientists from the University of Santiago de Compostela-Lugo and other research centers designed a study.

They wanted to see how much antibiotic-resistant bacteria was in different types of meat sold in supermarkets.

They looked at 100 different meat products (25 each of chicken, turkey, beef, and pork) from supermarkets in Oviedo in 2020. Most of the meat products (73%) had levels of E. coli that were safe to eat.

However, almost half of the meat products (49%) had E. coli that were resistant to multiple antibiotics and could cause infections in people.

The scientists found that 40% of the meat products had E. coli that were resistant to multiple antibiotics.

This included E. coli which could resist most types of antibiotics, including some of the strongest ones that doctors use to treat infections.

The researchers also found that some of the E. coli strains found in the meat could cause serious infections in people.

These infections could be really hard to treat because the bacteria were resistant to so many different antibiotics.

Scientists think that people could be exposed to these bacteria by eating beef and pork, not just chicken and turkey.

They are calling for regular testing of meat products to see how much antibiotic-resistant bacteria are in them.

Scientists say that we need to take action to protect people from these dangerous bacteria. They suggest that we need to do more to monitor the bacteria that are found in farm animals and meat products.

They also say that we need to come up with new ways to stop these bacteria from spreading.

Finally, scientists say that people can do their part to protect themselves from these bacteria.

They suggest that people should cook their meat thoroughly, store it properly in the refrigerator, and disinfect any utensils that come into contact with raw meat.

By doing these things, we can make sure that eating meat is still safe and enjoyable.

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The study was presented at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

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