How Do You Get MRSA? From Your Dinner

November 29, 2012

Studies have reported before that one of the most germ-y places in your home is your kitchen. The sink drain, in particular, tends to be loaded with bacteria regardless of cleaning. But what really sets the kitchen apart from, say, your bathroom? The presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria!

One of the main contributors to the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria, including MRSA, is the use of antibiotics in ranching. It’s been speculated that raw meat is the entry-point for MRSA and other superbugs in the home, but a new study offers some evidence.

Pork has been found to be loaded not just with a variety of strong bacteria and viruses, many of which are known causes of food poisoning, but of superbugs. (Even non-superbugs like Listeria can be deadly to people with weakened immune systems).

Cooking pork to the recommended temperatures will kill the bacteria present, but it’s also important to clean anything raw meat (pork in particular) touches with hot water and soap. So while it’s safe to eat pork, it’s important to make sure you follow food safety guidelines. Under cooked pork and other meat can also be a source of parasites.

Do constant food borne illness scares change your shopping behaviors?

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