I received an interesting and rather alarming report from the Environmental Working Group few days ago. It’s about the antibiotic-resistant bacteria or superbugs contaminating the meat of livestock injected with an excessive (and unnecessary) amount of antibiotics.
The report reminded me of an article in the Readers’ Digest that I read many years ago about deadly superbugs which are said to be a public health threat that is second only to HIV.
According to the EWG Report entitled ‘Superbugs Invade American Supermarkets:
Not surprisingly, superbugs spawned by antibiotic misuse — and now pervasive in the meat Americans buy — have become a direct source of foodborne illness. Even more ominously, antibiotic misuse threatens to make important antibiotics ineffective in treating human disease. In the past, people who became ill because of contact with harmful microbes on raw meat usually recovered quickly when treated with antibiotics. But today, the chances are increasing that a person can suffer serious illness, complications or death because of a bacterial infection that doctors must struggle to control. (more…)