Report: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found on meat

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There are some things to keep in mind before firing up the grill.

A new government watchdog report shows more than three-quarters of meat sold in US supermarkets has antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

The Environmental Working Group’s analysis found so-called “Superbugs” on almost 80 percent of ground turkey sampled, 62 percent of ground beef and on more than a third of chicken breasts.

“Development of antibiotic resistance is a major public health problem,” said Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and public health consultant, said in a letter sent to the FDA. “Bacteria transfer their antibiotic-resistant genes to other bacteria they come in contact with in the environment and in the gastrointestinal tracts of people and animals, making it very difficult to effectively treat infections.”

Researchers say people need to be vigilant about food safety, especially when cooking for children, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

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