ATLANTA (AP) — A new report estimates that half the meat and poultry sold in the supermarket may be tainted with the staph germ.

That estimate is based on 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork and turkey purchased from grocery stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Flagstaff, Ariz. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Researchers found more than half contained Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can make people sick. Worse, half of those contaminated samples had a form of the bacteria resistant to at least three kinds of antibiotics.

Proper cooking should kill the germs. But the report suggests that consumers should be careful to wash their hands and take other steps not to spread bacteria during food preparation.

The nonprofit Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona did the work.

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Comments (4)
  1. Duh! says:

    This isn’t news.
    Staph is everywhere (except for a sterile environment). That is why you should always wash your hands before eating.

    Cook your foods and wash your fruits and veggies before eating.

  2. Free Willie! says:

    Em, meat!

    I like the idea that I’m getting a little extra something when buy my meat a the supermarket.

  3. CAB says:

    At least you can kill the germ through cooking.

    It’s disgusting how many men I see at the gym coming out of a stall and not washing their hands!! When I told one man to come back and wash his hands, he just looked at me like he didn’t speak english, turned and walked away. This is not a cultural issue because I’ve seen others of the same race that did wash up.

    And oh, in case you’re wondering, these observations are while I’m shaving. I’m not just hanging out in the bathroom.

  4. TT says:

    dont really hafta worry about it too much in our house since everything we eat at least in the summer get baked or BBQed 🙂 Coals work magic 🙂

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