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Study: Drug-Resistant Bacteria in U.S. Meat

Researchers Find Superbugs in Raw Turkey, Pork, Beef, and Chicken Sold in Grocery Stores

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Infectious disease, experts, however are quick to point out that any tie between drug-resistant staph bacteria in meat and human infections, at least in the U.S., is still circumstantial.

“The study is fairly small,” says Pascal James Imperato, MD, dean of the School of Public Health at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn. “We don’t know, when you look at such a small sample, how valid the conclusions are. One really wants to see much larger numbers.”

“I don’t see the contaminated meat as having been proven, yet, to be a major public health problem. We don’t have any data on that, frankly,” Imperato says.

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