If ever there were a reason to resist the urge to eat pork…this is definitely it!
According to a Consumer Reports investigation of pork sold in grocery stores there is a startlingly large proportion of tested meat that contains one or more potentially harmful bacteria, some of which showed signs of antibiotic resistance. This finding raises new concerns about the safety of the national pork supply.
Interestingly the investigation didn’t find the trichinosis and salmonella pathogens traditionally associated with pork -to be the most widespread problems.
Instead, a whopping 69 percent of the pork chop and ground pork samples tested by the magazine contained Yersinia enterocolitica bacteria, which sickens about 100,000 people a year, many of them children. Eleven percent contained Enterococcus bacteria and 7 percent contained Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Another 4 percent contained salmonella and 3 percent contained listeria.