The international research group has discovered a potentially deadly bug in store-bought chicken, produced across North America and Europe. This bug leads to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.
It represents a danger for consumers and workers who pack the chicken as well.
Here’s what you need to know about this bug:
This is a new type of MRSA that was discovered in North America and Europe and moves easily from the food to the people. You can become infected if you come into contact with infected poultry, or by eating insufficiently cooked meat.
There is not any testing on food for MRSA
According to Dr. Lance Prince of Antibiotic Resistance Action Center, tests that are carried out for testing food safety, does not include testing for MRSA. Therefore, you need to be careful and buy only organic chicken.
This way you will not be consuming chicken that is packed with unhealthy substances and antibiotics. Antibiotics do not kill all the bacteria and the bugs survive and over time become stronger and more immune to antibiotics.
Here are some tips that will protect you against MRSA
Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your food.
Wash everything that was in contact with the chicken.
Cover all wounds with patches, before you take the raw chicken in your hands.
Keep the chicken in the fridge.
Use a thermometer to determine that the chicken is cooked at the proper temperature.
These bugs are becoming a big problem
At this point you need to know that approximately 80,000 Americans annually get infected with MRSA, and 11,000 of those people die. One Canadian research shows that 20-30% of the population is infected, and similar results have shown various researches in Europe.
The use of antibiotics in farming the animals, only exacerbates the situation and increases the resistance of the bugs. If the use of antibiotics is reduced, this bug will become an even greater threat to your health, and the number of infected is already rising.